The Chicken or the Egg? Happy Easter!
Lets think of eggs.
They have no legs.
Chickens come from eggs and they have legs.
Eggs come from chickens but have no legs under’um.
Let’s think of eggs … now what a conundrum!
What came first – the instructor or the student? Without the instructor, there was no student. Without the student, the instructor could not exist. The answer of course, is that each gave birth to the other. People wanting to learn demanded that a teacher appear – those who wanted to teach, heard this plea and made their timely appearance. From that point forward, the symbiotic relationship grew until the distinctions became more and more pronounced.
Over time, both student and teacher skill-sets should evolve. Students become better learners, they come to the teacher more well-informed and their expectations of service become more acutely honed. The teacher, on the other hand, should also be open to the evolutionary process. The teacher should stay well-informed, of both developments in his or her field of expertise and of the teaching and coaching methods used to deliver instruction in those fields. Chickens evolve – eggs evolve. Chickens that fail to evolve will stop laying eggs – eggs that fail to evolve will remain at the mercy of the increasingly more-hungry chickens. Students and teachers alike … need to be open to change.