I remember having a long conversation with my leadership team and Mark Treadwell over an afternoon, discussing if teaching is a profession and what defines a profession and in particular the language that we express our work by. Is it consistent and regular across our 'profession'?
This week I saw the term engineer and thought about how this term suits me as a professional. Teaching most certainly is an art form when it is functioning well and the initial part of any lesson before it happens is in the planning and construction of the lesson. In this sense 'Educational Engineers' is a relevant term as we build and co-construct frameworks and learning opportunities to meet the needs of our learners.
The special sauce kicks in when the engineering is visible and the ownership resides with the learner and not the teacher/engineer. If we can support via frameworks and then empower learners to start building the blocks to their learning within these then we can start to build empowered self directed learners.