Friday, August 8, 2014
The Job of a Teacher Goes Beyond the Classroom
This post was originally posted in November 2011.
I haven't blogged for a while and have been thinking about what to blog about. I am jealous of all of those in my PLN that blog daily and sometimes more than once a day. After thinking about this for a while I decided to put my thoughts down on "paper".
Today we talk about child centered learning and the teacher as a facilitator of learning and allowing students to drive the learning with their questions. They are right and this is a major part of the role of the teacher in the 21st Century and it must change from the Sage on the Stage model.
However, I believe that this is only part of the role of a teacher. A teacher needs to be a leader and a change agent. We may not be able to change the world or accomplish everything, but as it says in "Ethics of our Fathers" that doesn't mean that we could just absolve ourselves of our responsibility.
It doesn't end there for me the most important thing teachers need to do or be is a role model. One who leads by examples in a moral and ethical way. Their motto should be "Do as I Do."
They need to show their students that they care about them not only in the classroom,but out of the classroom as well.
I posed the following question as one of the possible topics for #jedchat
Is the role /job of a Rebbe( Judaic male teacher)/Teacher 24/7 (ie are they expected to attend a school basketball game on Sunday)?
I think you could tell what I would say!
What do you think?