Teachers who view themselves as co-learners, as opposed to authority figures that bestow knowledge, believe it is their role to facilitate a child’s construction of their own knowledge. I believe that the knowledge exchange between teacher and student is reciprocal. The goal of a teacher should be to encourage students to be active participants in their own learning. When students are allowed to participate in self-initiated learning experiences they have the opportunity to express their independence and reflect on their achievements. The outcomes of these experiences help to develop dispositions that are essential to lifelong learning such as trust, confidence, and curiosity.
Children are not simply empty cups to be filled for they naturally have of their own beliefs, customs, and values. Each child learns through their unique perspective and comes into the classroom with various capabilities. In order to serve all their students effectively, the teacher needs to have an understanding of the context of the children’s lives outside of the classroom. Understandably, children who face adversity at home may have lower aptitude and motivation. The stress that children face in their lives affects their success in the classroom. It is important not to have unrealistic expectations of students but instead encourage them to progress past what they believe is possible. As a teacher, I want to provide my students with opportunities for active learning during which they can ask questions, engage with their peers, and relate the information to their life experiences. A proficient teacher is always revising their methodology to incorporate their growth as a human being. My goal is to elicit students to think critically for themselves, be creative, and take responsibility for their own learning.