Just by slowing down nice things begin to happen. I have so many things to do this semester, and so many classes to teach, that anxiety is often lurking in the background. If I see the problem with the traditional lenses of a teacher who has to transport knowledge into the students’ minds, that would be a very difficult task. Mission: Impossible!
If, however, I let myself to be taught **by** those students while we **do** the class together… voilá, suddenly I can teach a thousand students at the same time! Perhaps I should. Are they going to learn? Who knows. What does it mean, anyhow, to learn? They can discuss a paper: meaning they give me hints on how they analyzed and interpreted it. If I can observe such a participation, I may infer something is going on with them, though some observer may not label it with “learning”.
IT and e-learning technology have taught us we need to shape teaching and learning differently, and that we have the right tools to do that. When you slow down, you allow yourself to actually see the concrete chance to do classes and not teach them. Also, you may enjoy some slow coffee in the meantime.