The Art of Teaching – This Quote Explains it All

Published On: February 12th, 2016·By ·

This quote sums up the art of teaching perfectly . . .

I’m sure you have your own ideas about the art of teaching. Recently, I found a quote on Twitter that might help you come up with a more refined definition. I watch social media closely and it’s my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook , Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.

Viki Davis posted a quote on her Twitter from George Couros about the art of teaching. The quote asks a question: What kind of teacher should you be? Couros lists three different popular views on teaching calling them “sage on the stage, “guide on the side,” or architect of learning.” Every teacher has probably heard about how they are supposed to teach and how involved they should or shouldn't be in their students' learning. Everyone thinks their way is the best. And, Couros agrees. He thinks the art of teaching is knowing which hat to wear and when. In the end, he thinks you should be all of the above depending on the student, class, and specific situation. You can hear more from the interview this quote came from here and see the quote below.

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Do you agree or disagree with this quote? Are there any other popular teaching techniques he left out? What do those teaching techniques mean to you?

Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how to use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @Simplek12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to

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