- I believe an effective teacher can reach all students as all students
are capable of learning. Students should be seen as individuals with a
curiosity that can enable them to participate in the classroom by
sharing and gaining knowledge together as a group or even individually.
Educators should act as a guide for students by teaching them the
skills that they need to problem solve as well as teaching them the
social skills needed for effective communication and to work
productively in teams with others. It is imperative that students have
the academic and social skills to be a productive member of society.
Parents, families, and the communities need to collaborate for a greater
future for our students through education.
The purpose of education is to generate a curiosity and interest in the
students to push them to engage in their learning and therefore to be
successful in their lives. The role of the teacher is to guide that
curiosity towards new knowledge. To do this, the teacher must be able to
combine the real world with the required content of the curriculum.
Students need to have personal meaning for what they are exploring to
support problem-based learning. By making the material meaningful, the
learning will be more concrete and important to the students (Johnson,
Musial, Hall, & Gollnick, 2011).
Psychologist Jean Piaget, a constructivist, believes that knowledge
grows “through the construction of progressively complex logical
structures” (“Concept to Classroom”, n.d.). This growth starts with
infancy and continues throughout their adult life. He saw the
meaning-making process as that of actively reconstructing their existing
understandings (Richardson, 1997).