Role of the Teacher

The role of the teacher is a partner in learning with the children.  By listening, observing and documenting childrens work, the teacher guides childrens learning experiences and co-constructs knowledge together.

The teacher needs to be fully committed to listening to the children with all of their senses, to use open ended questions, to develop a deeper understanding of the childrens interest and embrace silence.

Teachers must be an active learner alongside the children.  Teachers prior knowledge is no longer valid it’s the childrens theories that is important.  Teachers need to have a theory about the child’s theory.

Teachers must be reflective practitioners, constantly reflecting and revisiting daily.  It takes a lot of time to really observe the childrens interests and watch and document the learning through exploration.

Teachers are co-constructors, researchers, documenters and advocates for the children.