Student, Teacher

We all have something to share, and we all have more to learn. This week, teach us something — or share something you’ve been taught with the class.

We're always learning, no matter the setting.

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This week, teach us something—or share something you’ve been taught with the class.

Student versus Teacher

Throughout our lives, we play the role of both student and teacher many times, and in many forms. As a child, you watch your parents, siblings, and friends for cues on how to interact, speak, and communicate. Later, you may attend school, vocational courses, or university.

As we grow older, we also find that we’ve transitioned into the role of a teacher, as well. As a parent, you teach your children about the world around them, and why things happen the way they do. As a colleague, you teach your coworkers how to become a better version of their professional selves.

Despite this, we are never no longer a student, since there’s always more to learn.

A teacher isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.
– Paulo Coelho

The Challenge

We oscillate between the role of teacher and student because we all have something to share, and we all have more to learn. This week, we’re asking you to share your experiences as a student, a teacher, or both.

  • Who was, or is, the greatest teacher in your life? What have they taught you?
  • Don your teaching cap and educate your readers in how to do something only you know how to do.
  • Sometimes teachers learn the most from their students. Have you ever had the tables turned on you when you thought you were teaching, but underwent the largest change yourself?
  • For a more creative twist, write a post in the Socratic style. That’s right, channel your inner toddler and let questions dominate your writing.

As always, we’re looking forward to having you teach us a thing or two from the posts you share this week.

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    1. I don’t know if I’m being a jerk mentioning this. Your writing seems cool…but the color scheme makes it really hard to read. Eyes can’t focus on blue and red next to each other, so it gets kind of uncomfortable.

    1. I have the same experience with my English teacher. He not only impacted me with my writing but also as a person.

  1. The day we forget that we are to continue our learning process, sharing and expressing our thoughts, staying connected to those around us, recognizing that we can always learn form someone else including those younger, older and different than ourselves is potentially the day we start a process to stop our existence.

    Thanks for your post

  2. One teacher stands out in my memory-Mr. Thill, my high school civics teacher. He taught me to challenge conventional wisdom and consider all the facts. He made me what I am today-a socially liberal, fiscally conservative, proud Democrat.

  3. My wife and I acted as board members for a charity called “Best Buddies” for a few years.

    During that time we helped with fund raising and events, and had the opportunity to spend time with the kids in various activities (

    Just like in your comment, there were countless times when we thought we were the ones doing the leading (or the educating) when in fact the kids were!

    The “Buddies” were always so sweet, curious, and willing to help, they often taught us the good lesson that a positive attitude is everything.

  4. Thank you. Every time I teach I learn something. The greatest thing I learnt recently is teaching outs my ego in observation. Now I know most of the time I get angry with students is because the students make me feel losing myself. And that’s the ego’s role.

  5. I’ve been taught how to be great girl, great student, great person & great human being, respecting my teachers in school, my family members, and all people around me. I’ve been taught how to live with high levels of ethics and morals. I’ve been taught how do my best to be well educated person, proving that by daily hard working whether in school, work or life. thanks!

  6. Great thoughts, Erica! As Mandarin-learner right now, I’m definitely in student mode. But at the same time, I find that I’m also bringing insight to my tutor.

  7. he was one of my favorite professors in college in the philippines. he stood over 6 feet in height, which was quite tall for a filipino, had a round face and side shaved hairstyle, and had an apple-shaped body.

    he had a commanding presence and a voice that could easily pass for a man of god. actually, he was an ex-seminarian who quit just before he took his final vow as a jesuit priest and ended up marrying a former nun.

  8. I Believe a teacher lies within all of us. At some point of time in life,We all make someone learn and succed, at the same time we get inspirations and learnings from others.

  9. Sometimes when I’m supposed to teach someone something, they will just ask me an innocent question that I don’t have an immediate answer for. Then it forces me to think and a lot of times discover new ideas. :-)

  10. I have also taught the children I was a nanny for to tie their shoes and read their sight words. I myself do not have children, but I appreciated all of those moments.

  11. The older I get the more I understand that there is still so much to learn and I am loving it.
    Maybe one person will read my blog and I might inspire somebody to give up smoking as well. Maybe my journey will show that it’s not that hard!

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