Dr. Cheri Toledo
The Digital Learning Doc
“Not hearing is not as good as hearing,
hearing is not as good as seeing,
seeing is not as good as knowing,
knowing is not as good as acting;
true learning continues until it is put into action.”
(Xun Kuang, c 313- 238 BC)
“The process is paramount!” (Dr. Cheri Toledo, 2002)
Cheri has employed these two principles, learn by doing and learn the process, as the foundation of her 30+ years as an educator.
Cheri’s informal teaching career started when she was 9 years old, sitting at the little kid table with her downstairs neighbor boys – Kevin and Kelly who were 2 and 3 – and teaching them to write their names on their little kid chalkboard.
Throughout elementary school Cheri spent every afternoon at the playground and in junior and senior high school she excelled in PE. So it was a no brainer when she went to college and majored in PE.
Cheri ended up teaching and coaching on the high school level for 10 years and then she got the bug to coach on the college level. With her my Master’s in PE she coached college volleyball at Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, and the University of Wyoming.
Her big break came when she was hired as the Head Volleyball Coach at Stephen F. Austin State University, in East Texas. As a third-year, her team came within 2 points from beating the #2 team in the nation, and she was named Conference Coach of the Year.
This background gives you a glimpse into Cheri’s experience as a physical educator and college volleyball coach and reveals how she formed her 4-stage approach to teaching and learning.
Think back to your PE, music, art, drafting, or shop classes … what did you do?
- First, the teacher explained the skill – taught you what to do
- Next you tried it while the teacher watched
- Then you were given feedback – in order to make any adjustments to your performance you had to be open and respond to correction
- And finally, you were let loose to play – it was in that environment that you were free to refine and expand your skills … your interactions with others spurred your creativity and as a result your levels of expertise grew
Effectively learning any new skill follows this process. These principles also apply to technology integration practices.
Remember the Toledoism:
The process is paramount!
When Cheri coaches educators, homeschooling parents, and entrepreneurs she teaches on two levels: content and process. It’s important to learn the content … but anyone searching the web can find the content.
However, it’s much more difficult to learn the process on your own … so that’s how Cheri fulfills her mission of helping teachers, homeschoolers, and entrepreneurs learn effective teaching methods and utilize the most appropriate technologies to ensure students and clients are successful!