I’ve been thinking lately about the word “training.”
The Merriam-Webster dictionary online defines training as:
- a process by which someone is taught the skills that are needed for an art, profession, or job
- the process by which an athlete prepares for competition by exercising, practicing, etc.
If I were a personal trainer preparing someone to run a marathon, the first thing I’d do would be to take her out running. I’d help her pick appropriate goals for her current level of ability. I’d help her work on her stride, her pacing, her breathing, and her endurance. I’d make sure she had the right gear, including insoles or knee braces if she needed them. When her determination started to waver, I’d encourage her to keep going. I’d also eliminate as many obstacles as I could. I probably wouldn’t make her leap hurdles or climb walls. And I definitely wouldn’t make her stop in the middle of each run, read a map, and then decide where to run next.
When you think about it, this could be a fairly useful comparison to what we do as educators. Continue reading