Another dot in the blogosphere?


Posted on: June 11, 2020

What does this fleeting form of art have to do with teaching?

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The artist, David Zinn, creates street art that washes away with the rain. A simple way to answer my question is to reply that teaching is also an art.

I am not one for singular and simple answers. For example, why bother if the art is ephermal? That question reveals a mindset that focuses on the product and not the process. Teaching is not just about getting students to show products of learning; it is also about processes of learning.

Another way teaching is like Zinn’s disappearing art is how superficial learning disappears after the test. There is an initialism for that, GIGO, which is short for garbage in, garbage out. This is what happens if we teach only to the test.

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