From Master Teacher to Master Learner argues that the teacher should be someone who models learning as opposed to modelling being a content expert. The teacher models learning by delving deeper into their own practice and emphasizes depth over breadth. Richardson’s “modern learning” uses technology as a tool for inquiry, and is student-led as opposed to teacher organized. The rest of the book is a toolkit of web tools and teacher dispositions meant to drive classrooms towards this modern learning environment.
The teacher as learner: computational thinking
Reading this book has encouraged me to continue to learn about coding. Having been given the opportunity to collaborate with Ms Cechini’s and Ms Kuo’s ELL classes, I encouraged them to learn with me about computers and technology. Since I don’t know very much about coding, I recognized this process as what Richardson calls “an equal partner in the learning.” It has been a steep learning curve, I had to confront math anxiety, and log more than 15 hours learning about computers, circuits, and innovations. However, the process has given me renewed energy for breaking new ground, I love seeing student engagement and I’ve received the unexpected gift of more family time. Mr. Jones is a software engineer and has been good about explaining the basics of computing . Our five year old listens attentively and has been my partner solving binary math problems. From Master Teacher to Master Learner is a quick read and a fine introduction to teacher development in the digital age.