This post was originally posted on The space of Jeans
At a recent IB Conference, Jayne Pletser leaves me with these profound words, “Honour the child”. Which leads me to ponder, what, at the end of the lesson/ day/ week/ term/ school year, do we do to honour the child?
As the teacher, do we
- Feel inspired, passionate and care about who and what we are teaching?
- Know our learners – as people?
- Know what we believe about learning – how, why and when it happens?
- Buy into the learning principles and beliefs of the school at which we teach?
- Care? About the who, how, why and what we are teaching?
- Consider learning above teaching?
Do we ensure that the child
- Has a point of entry for learning?
- Feels safe to ask questions and make mistakes?
- Understands the value of being in the learning pit?
- Is inspired by the provocations that we share?
- Is “allowed” to be a person – to eat, drink, sit, think … learn in the ways that are right?
- Knows that people care – without having praise and judgement guide their days?
If we have this as our mantra, what more will we do, every day, to HONOUR THE CHILD?