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)
These two principles, learn by doing and learn the process, are the foundation of my 30+ years as an educator.
My informal teaching career started when I was 9 years old. I remember sitting at the little kid table with my downstairs neighbor boys – they were 2 and 3 – and teaching them to write their names on their little kid chalkboard.
Throughout elementary school I spent every afternoon at the playground and in junior and senior high school I excelled in PE. So it was a no brainer when I went to college and majored in PE. Needless to say, I was in 7th Heaven.
I ended up teaching and coaching on the high school level for 10 years and then I got the bug to coach on the college level. I got my Master’s in PE and coached college volleyball at Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, and the University of Wyoming.
I got the big break and drove 1/2-way across the country to East Texas where I was the Head Volleyball Coach at Stephen F. Austin State University. My third year there, our team came within 2 points from beating the #2 team in the nation, and I was named Conference Coach of the Year.
I give you all this background because those years as a physical educator and college coach helped me form my approach to teaching and learning.
Think back to your PE 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 – the teacher provided an evaluation of your skills.
- And finally, you were let loose to play – it was time to expand your experience and build your skills.
Effectively learning any new skill follows this process.
Remember the Toledoism: The process is paramount!
When I work with educators, homeschooling parents, and entrepreneurs I teach 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 alone … so that’s why I’m here!