Classroom presence

In the internet era, most of my learning happens outside a classroom. Any topic I wish to learn, from Python programming to juggling has good video tutorials that I can follow at my own pace.

However, doing this has also helped me realize the importance of being in a classroom.

When you’re in a classroom, a teacher’s presence changes the way you show up as a student. You are more disciplined and dedicated. You pay more attention and lean in with greater intent. You are more likely to do these things out of respect for the teacher in front of you who has made it their purpose to instruct you. You are a more committed student.

As a teacher, the presence of a student changes the way you approach a lesson. You are empathetic and alert to a student’s needs. You watch out for feedback and modify your instruction accordingly. You are likely to do these things out of respect for the students in front of you who have submitted their time and attention to you. You are a more committed teacher.

An instructor led class is costly – it requires more of everybody’s time and attention. However, the commitment that presence on both student and teacher can make up for the cost.

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