“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life” (Chinese proverb)
Sometimes in education we get caught up in the information that students need to have in a particular discipline. Can a student recite the presidents? How many bones are in the foot? What force causes a body to stay in motion? As I sit here typing these questions, I think we are sometimes guilty of giving our students a “fish” everyday and making them dependent to come back for more. We need to emphasize how to find information and how to process information rather than making learning the facts the only goal. Teaching students to “fish” allows them to be in charge of their own learning. Creating a “net” of understanding by giving the students tools as opposed to facts will allow them to “catch” on to the most important concept: Learning is a life-long process!