Teaching is more than just telling someone how to form a sentence, or how to tally numbers. I can tell you how to use a calculator to add numbers together. That's fine, but why are you adding those numbers together?
Why do you use certain words at certain times? Why use this technique here and take another approach somewhere else?
If I want you to add 10,000 yen and $45, what is the total? Why isn't the answer simply 10,045? Isn't that what you get when you add 10,000 and 45?
Once people understand the why, it is then when they become empowered.
My task as a teacher is to enable the student to become successful. It is the student's task to become successful.
And, if I don't care why I'm demonstrating those things, I am not doing my job as a teacher. I must learn that each student is unique and may have different ways of learning best. I must attempt to tap into those things.
If I don't care, then I'm not a teacher. I'm only a robot.