I believe that all life is important and that all life matters. Knowledge is the basic seed to enrich all life, and everyone has the right to learn and understand the world, as it is and as it applies to them. Teaching is a moral and political act, to instill agency in those of all ability, gender, and socio-economic, cultural, and racial background, so they can take charge of their own education and become the valuable democratic citizens they all have the potential to be.
The classroom is like a team. Everyone helps one another, and they receive guidance from their Coach. The Coach exemplifies fervor for the sport and shows that they believe that there is nothing their teammates cannot achieve. They work best as a unit, respecting one another, rejoicing in a win. The other team is the topic at hand. The only way to find your way around the other team is to challenge it; get up and do it! Through experiencing it, you can find the best way for you and your teammates to tackle it! Inevitably, there will be shortcomings, fouls, and losses. The important thing is to understand that even the best can fail, and failure is a necessary step towards achievement and growth, and it, too, is part of the fun.
-THE TEACHER AND THE STUDENT ARE BOTH LEARNERS. One should not begin their teacher-student relationship with unwavering authority. It only serves to alienate the kids from the teacher. Just like making a new friend, we must keep an open mind and a genuine interest in learning who each other is.
-THE TEACHER’S ROLE IS TO GUIDE THE STUDENT. Learning is active, and the student must start where they feel like they can start, and follow their path towards enlightenment. They will need guidance along the way, and the teacher is always there to help.
-THE STUDENT SHOULD LEARN BY EXPERIENCING THEIR WORLD AND HOW THEY IDENTIFY THEMSELVES WITHIN IT. Identity is evolving rapidly in the earlier years, and having a strong grasp of it in the context of the world, the community, the class, and the topic is crucial to a meaningful learning experience.
– THE TEACHER MUST BE INCLUSIVE AND RESPONSIVE. The teacher can encourage their students to feel like they belong while exemplifying respect for one another and the ability to listen.
– THE TEACHER MUST MAINTAIN AN OPEN MIND. Every student is different, and being open and inquisitive is a great way to understand the diversity within the classroom. Also, there are many ways of learning and teaching, and taking the best, most applicable practices from the rich mosaic of teaching practices is vital to approaching different topics as well as different learning styles. I may most closely identify with progressivism, but there is no doubt a time and place for parts of essentialism, perennialism, existentialism, and social reconstruction.
– THE TEACHER AND THE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT SHALL BOOST CONFIDENCE. Many kids struggle with confidence. Maintaining a safe, respectful environment, as well as strategically structuring lessons and exercises, can help boost their confidence. Confidence in oneself will go a long way academically as well as socially.
-LEARNING IS FUN! It is hard to challenge your brain. If you don’t, you will never learn. Once you overcome the discomfort of the unknown, you start to feel empowered, and you start to have fun!