inner-thoughts and theory: 

E d u c a t i o n  must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students. 

—Paulo Freíre

First Thoughts when Reading this Quote 
This is a screen shot of me teaching my students from 3 years ago. Giving myself the time away from leading, to learn how to be a neuroeducation researcher, showed me that I like being a student and teaching others as lessons begin to emerge from my learning, more than I like being a teacher.... 

Second Thoughts 
I like creating learning experiences, with my students, rather than teaching them curriculum and content from a top down model.... 

Third Thoughts
Can we not only recognize, our students are teachers to the teachers and the system itself, in theory, but actually set up structures for students to be compensated monetarily for their service?


  1. I fondly remember moments of feeling uncomfortable or belittled because a professor didn’t want to embrace a teachable moment from a student! I completely agree with this quote because education is an exchange! No one person is all knowing- so I think it is important to be both the teacher and the student! Especially during this evolution of knowledge- teachers should be vulnerable in considering the viewpoints of students in order to better serve them. There’s absolutely no use in an ineffective teacher due to a disconnect to the very age group/culture of those that they need to reach ultimately because they are not open to be taught

    1. I agree. Vulnerability has to be explicitly taught in teacher preparation programs! That’s not an excuse, that’s the problem of practice. Connecting with students is not always innate or easy, it is a process and it has to be taught and reflected on as a cycle. Teachers need coaching in connecting. It is hard. But I agree. If it’s being taught and they are still unwilling to learn or unable to meet the needs of the students, then, well.... might be time to resign. That’s part of my reasoning for resigning from MICA as adjunct professor but that’s a different post.

  2. I reference Freire in papers. Only one of my professors caught it. I understand. I’m forever proud of you. Whatever, however, I can be of assistance, please tell me. I wholeheartedly subscribe to your movement.
    Freire describes the “banking” concept as the oppressor (teacher) depositing knowledge but never listening to the thoughts of the oppressed (student).
    This thought keeps me grounded as a leader. Communication <—-> Authentic thinking. We’re constantly learning together💜

    1. Yes! We all have been taught with the banking model. That ends with us !!!! Love you too A!!

  3. Love this, V. Makes me think of a quote from Sonia Sanchez that I love:

    “I cannot tell the truth about anything unless I confess being a student, growing and learning something new every day. The more I learn, the clearer my view of the world becomes.” -Sonia Sanchez

    1. Yasssssss !!! I love! Perfect connection to Freire. They are both critical thinking goats.


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