Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey…
~ Loris Malaguzzi (1920–1994)
This quote demonstrates my view of the relationship between teachers and students. In room 10 we will be learning together and teaching each other. Teaching is meaningful when we find it relevant to our lives right now. When we are actively engaged to learn subject matter we find important our understanding is deeper, and our learning is better.
Learning new complex information can be challenging, and we may make mistakes. Sometimes we may even get frustrated; at times we may feel like giving up. That’s when it becomes most important that we are traveling this journey together. You may teach another way to learn, or teach how to keep trying. We learn to encourage each other, to believe in each other. We listen to learn, and we learn to teach.
Making learning meaningful for each of us is our goal in room 10 this year.
I look forward to teaching and learning from each of you in room 10,