Teacher As Student
The amount of information on the Internet is beyond comprehension. Whether that information is factual or not, or based in reality, is not the point.
The human imagination is the point. How presumptive computer and mechanical engineers are who believe they can design a robot capable of being nearly human. Key word being, nearly.
No matter how much memory and how many human attributes scientists can succeed in imbuing their robots with, the results will always be something less than human. For one thing, that certain glint in the human eye cannot be mechanically reproduced.
Only two humans, interacting for a specific purpose, can produce that physiological spark. And I’m not hinting at sexual intercourse as being the sole means of producing such a magnificent light.
I’m more about addressing the sharing of knowledge, about the light that surrounds teachers and students as they interact. Quests for knowledge and the reasoned answers. Knowledgeable teachings on a multitude of subjects, and the resulting questions.
Teachers and students. A phrase which can easily morph into teachers as students, and students as teachers. A concept originating with the famous Greek teacher-philosopher, Socrates.
The idea I’m promulgating is an alternate manifestation of the Socratic Method. It occurs when the teacher, while in the process of teaching, becomes their own student.
I can speak to this from a place of experience. As a professional copywriter offering publication services for new—and old—writers, quite often I’d find myself explaining certain processes and procedures for the benefit of my clients.
In doing so, I discovered that my own knowledge, about a process or procedure, increased each time I repeated that knowledge to a new client. I was attempting to bring each one to a higher level of understanding, only to find that I, myself, had come to a higher level along with my client.
I encourage anyone attempting a new endeavor—like writing to publish—to make an attempt at teaching the individual steps toward publication to someone else. You’ll automatically get better at it as a result.
Same holds true for writing. If you learn something new about characterization, for instance, then share that technique or bit of knowledge with others. In the process you’ll get better and better each time you repeat the action, verbally or in practice.
Teacher as student.