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 two principles as the foundation of her 30+ years as an educator,
- learn by doing
- learn the process.
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 chalkboard.
Throughout elementary school Cheri spent every afternoon at the playground and in junior and senior high school she continued to excel in PE. So it was a no brainer when she went to college and majored in Physical Education.
Cheri began her career teaching and coaching on the high school level for 10 years … until she got the bug to coach on the college level. With her my Master’s in PE Administration in hand, she was an assistant college volleyball coach 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 coach, her team came within 2 points from beating the #2 team in the nation, and she was named Conference Coach of the Year.
Cheri’s experience as a physical educator and college coach set the state for her to develop her 4-stage approach to teaching and learning.
Think back to your PE, music, art, drafting, or shop classes … what happened when it was time to learn a new skill?
- First, the teacher explained the skill – taught you what to do – your part was to learn the skill
- 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 to correction and reflect on the needed changes
- 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 this Toledoism:
The process is paramount!
When Cheri coaches educators, home educating 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, home educators, and entrepreneurs learn effective teaching methods and utilize the most appropriate technologies to ensure students and clients are successful!