At 10:29 AM 10/15/02 -0500, Jerry Uhl wrote: >I like the questiion: > >But I'd like to focus it on the students by asking" >Can math be learned?
It can be interesting that, for example, in my native Polish language we have only one word for both "learn" and "teach". If there is any doubt we simply add "myself", "students", etc. You could say that we say "making students learn" instead of a separate word "teach". Maybe we are linguistically correct? ;)
When someone asks "What do you do" you could answer "I make (or help) students learn" instead of "I teach". This may change a perception of your own role in the classroom. If you could find some better word between "help" and "make" then we would get an almost ideal description of what teachers do.