24 Aug 2018
is a joke about two men in a bar. One says to his friend ‘I’ve taught
my dog to speak French.’ ‘Really?’ says his mate, ‘let’s hear him then.’
‘I said I taught him, I didn’t say he’d learnt it’ comes the response.
There is something important in this anecdote and it is this: that the
fact that I have taught something does not mean that my pupils have
‘got’ it. And they are unlikely to have really learnt something unless
they produce something worthwhile with the material they are studying.