I have often started both face-to-face and online seminars, especially when they relate to active engagement, with this quote. Here are some examples of responses (names used with permission.)
“Education is not the filling of a pail; it is the lighting of a fire.” W.B. Yeats
What does this quote mean to you?
Response 1: To me the quote mean that we’re lighting a fire in our students to not only engage with the material on our courses but to hopefully become lifelong learners.
Response 2: I see it as a pail has a top to it..a limit…..lighting a fire is more of a flame can extend to all heights. We should look at motivation as a key to push past the traditional limits and keep reaching towards the sky
Response 3: I think it means that we have to inspire students to involve them in their own learning process
Response 4: By educating students we should be motivating them to want to learn.
The goal should be creating a desire in a student to do the following:
-creating a curiosity
-wanting to know more
-investigating by interest/desire
-going deeper (more breadth and depth)
-enjoying more (the ride, that is, not the endpoint)
Mary Boury, Adjunct Faculty, Delta College, MIchigan