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Teaching is a complex process. It has many levels and many connections inside.
To begin with, we may state the obvious - teaching is a transaction of information from someone with knowledge to someone who would like to obtain this knowledge. This process may happen in many ways. The teacher may speak, the student to write; the teacher may give assessments, the student to accomplish them; the teacher may show, the student to look. Non of the above methods would give a maximum result, meaning that after no lesson, presented in some of these ways, a student would a) remember everything s/he actually needs during the lesson itself and b) be eager to return and see the next lesson. In order to accomplish that a teacher can do one very simple thing - involve the student in a conversation on the topic. Starting with questions of what s/he have heard or knows on the subject, through guessing (yes!) what the reality may be, through a game-discussion, which reveals the true matter of the lesson and in the end a brilliant lesson would finish with a personal conclusion, made by the student,
Of course, not all the lessons a teacher gives are brilliant. Most are not and one of the main reasons is, I think, that people are different. A teacher may have planned a perfect lesson which may have worked in many other cases, but not today, not with those students. They need to be approached differently and a teacher can not also predict this right away. The brilliant lesson happens another day.
I don't know if many people think of this, but in a lesson the interaction works both ways. As a student learns from his teacher, so does the teacher. We observe, listen, see, sometimes get surprised or inspired and learn from the people we work with. It is a process that enriches us in a great number of levels. The thing is that, when a student goes to a lesson s/he has some idea what s/he is going to exit the room knowing (or trying to) today. A teacher doesn't. Being on the other side is like the school of life but in a micro scale, so you can observe all the lessons the universe has for you very closely. And it is beautiful. You meet people, hear their stories and see life from most unexpected angles, such you've never thought that existed in first place.Teaching is a complex process - it goes both ways and from the teacher's point of view, I can tell you that is like being Columbus, discovering the New World daily and hourly, is like being a child and noticing every day something new around you.