LIGHTING THE FIRE: TEACHING IS ABOUT LEARNING
Sarah Abdulla Al-Haj, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi
“Education is not the filling of a pail”, William Butler Yeats explains, “but the lighting of a fire”. Learning is at the crux of education, which is a two way communication and takes both the professor and student to construct. Here I show my experience of walking into a class brimful of my own expectations and coming face-to-face with a new faculty member. My idea of learning was transformed from being a state of receiving information to a more proactive stance of analysing the information and going out of the way to find information through research and other methods. It would do great injustice for me to claim I went through this journey on my own. The presence of a demanding and challenging professor has showed me not only new ways of learning, but also how to construct my learning process in a way that kindled the fire in my intellect.
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