The meaning of teaching as “telling what to do” has been known for thousands of years. A teacher had specific knowledge and skills and in order to gain that knowledge and skills students had to follow the instructions, and they had to do it word-by-word, literally.
Social and economic development, world exploration, industrialization had led to the growing need in more and more literal workforce. Eventually, teaching has become a professional practice which structure reflects the economic structure of the society.
Interestingly, English language uses a different word structure for (at least some) professions which have a creative nature. Take, for example, a professional who makes locks. This profession does not exist anymore, but the in the past, one who made locks was called a locksmith. He was not called a locker (or unlocker), because that would mean “one who locks or unlocks locks”. Those days every lock had to be created.
There are other professions, like blacksmith, tunesmith (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunesmith) which presume from a professional some creative work. In Merriam-Webster one finds that “smith” means “a person who makes things” (http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/smith).
One of the most efficient methods for advancing a new type of teacher professional development is called “Professional Designing”
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Dr. Valentin Voroshilov
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