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As a part-time teacher, and even when I was full time, I
strive to see my learners as individuals and take the
relationship I have with them past the boundaries of the subject I
teach and even...
As a part-time teacher, and even when I was full time, I strive to see my learners as individuals and take the relationship I have with them past the boundaries of the subject I teach and even out of school entirely.
It is so important to maintain one's own curiosity about a subject; it is this curiosity that will bring about the imaginative ideas, and it is this curiosity that will bring about the most passion for the subject, the most satisfaction and the most attentiveness from your students.
It is important for them to be aware that you are a fallible human being and not as a know-it-all ATM of knowledge. That you too are seeking to know more about the world and the subjects you teach. And the more passion and genuine curiosity you show and feel the more it will interest them into the subject too. Ideally anyway!
For a student to see this fallible side of you, for he or she to think you are just like me one needs to display some vulnerability in the classroom, provided, of course, it is appropriate for you to do so. This vulnerability is by no means a lack of control (over students or subject matter), or a state of woundedness, for me it is rather the lack of arrogance, a humility which to my mind, if coupled with passion and curiosity, will be the optimum stance for a teacher to take with a class in order to facilitate learning and personal growth.
Its easy to forget that teaching is a relationship. Vulnerability is an essential part of building trust and authenticity in the teaching relationship (and of any relationship I'd say). It is after all not a class one is teaching but a group of individuals, of souls and hearts, and those are what need to be reached. Our students need to know that we, as teachers, continue to be students, and that learning is a lifelong pursuit.