According to Anatoly France, “The whole art of teaching is the only art of awakening the natural curiosity.” Curiosity also brought ideas to Albert Einstein. So, I made it my goal to ignite my students’ curiosity and keep it burning. I often draw from their own experiences to keep them interested, and usually, excited.
|Photo by Ayan Tolentino (one of my students. not in photo)|
I believe learning is a collaboration between the teacher and the students. My teaching style is highly interactive. It demands participation and feedback. That way I can help them recognize how they learn best. My classes often have opportunities for my students to share their own thoughts. I welcome differing opinions. That way they learn from me, I learn from them.
|My Grade 3 Kids|
I make them experience instead of memorize, because instead of just knowing the concepts, I am more interested in how they put them in critical use. I make them find solutions to their own problems using the knowledge they gained from our classes.
Learning has no end. I still have a lot to learn, to improve, to try, and to experience. I may not be an expert in the field, but I am sure, one way or another, I helped my students learn.