Education is essential to enhancement of the individual. In the words of C.S. Lewis; “the task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts”. Education is the key to developing imagination, creativity, confidence, innovative thinking, and a sense of self-discovery. It is also a means to communicate values, inspire community, and global citizenship.
Education as a Means to Fulfillment
Education should be centred on a pursuit of happiness, not simply teaching students how to make a living. Education must be about unearthing passions and equipping people how to pursue them. Teachers should work to produce students are motivated by a genuine love for learning. Apathy is a weapon against the pursuit of knowledge and meaning. My responsibility as the teacher is to foster growth and stimulate curiosity. Integrating inquiry-based learning is paramount to facilitate student-centered learning while yet being academically challenging. It is imperative to produce students who are ambitious with questions and self-driven in finding understanding.
Promotion of Social Equity
Teachers must be self-reflective learners to be anti-oppressive educators. We are responsible to create a socially-just classroom where all students are valued equally – regardless of a child’s race, socio-economic background, ability, gender, sexuality, or religion. This is will be helpful in shaping students, who are by nature anti-oppressive. An understanding of First Nations treaties is essential to finding what social equity means to us as Canadians.
Differentiation & Multipul Intelligences
My role as a teacher isn’t just to deposit information in a child’s cranium, but to also to learn how to learn. Each child is influenced by their own unique combination of multiple intelligences, experiences, socio-economic background, and cultural values. A vital role of a teacher is to identify how each student learns most ably and differentiate content through a variety of teaching strategies that affirm individual learning styles – allowing them to receive knowledge in a way most understandable for them. It is paramount to develop teaching strategies that appeal to as many of the intelligences as possible through presenting content that is relevant to a broad spectrum of identities – without reducing each student to a lowest common denominator.
Integration of Technology
Teachers need to model responsible use of technology to students. This is imperative to teaching 21st century students who are immersed in technology every day. Teachers should maintain a Professional Learning Network on various internet platforms, consisting of other teacher professionals with the purpose of having conversations on how to reach curriculum outcomes through anti-oppressive means. School must be a centre where technology is taught so that students learn to use it responsibly, build an online identity, and because technology has the capacity to enhance learning.