Many schools have committees titled something like “Teaching and Learning” where teachers come together to discuss how to improve teaching. What if, instead, schools organized a committee called “relationships and learning”? What if this committee included students?
Changing the role to being the developers of relationships and the name “teacher” to “mentor” or “guide” really alters how we view the role of the teacher, and the focus of what is happening in a classroom. It shifts from teacher-centered to learning-centered.
Our job as teachers isn’t to teach content, it’s to teach children first and foremost!