What if all kids get a voice?
- AlAN November
Teaching is an art form. Every teacher has their own way of doing things, and that's ok. There is nothing wrong with being unique. For me, I struggle with calling myself a teacher. I just don't feel like one even 7 years into the game. I prefer Dr. Dwayne Harapnuik's term, "learning facilitator." He describes a learning facilitator as someone who is focused on the learner and creates an environment where the learner can come to know, acquire knowledge, or make a meaningful connection (Harapnuik, 2016).
I believe that every student is capable of learning regardless of any labels or preconceived notions, and I believe it is my job to see every student. Learning should be meaningful and connect to the real-world. Gone are the days when students should just sit silently at their desks listening to teachers talk for an hour. Students should be engaged and actively participating in their learning. It is also imperative to give them opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. One of my main goals in my innovation plan is to give students mobility in their learning environment. All students should be given choice in their learning and validation in their voice.
What I am learning in my journey as an educator, and through my experience with the Apple Coding Initiative, is that although the foundation of my teaching philosophy has not changed much, as a person, I have actually changed quite a bit. After seeing a few examples of infographics online, I decided it wanted to try and show my learning philosophy rather than just write it.
If you choose to take a peek at my infographic - click the link!
Harapnuik, D. (n.d.). Learning Philosophy. Retrieved May 08, 2020, from http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=95