I guess I have waited till my PP1 to know what to write about learning (apart from having some ideas and theories on how to create the perfect environment for students to learn). Let me just say that I enjoyed this day tremendously! Definitely an eye opener as we see 'real' teachers practice what we are being taught at Westwood.
My experience has provided new insights to learning and how to create the best atmosphere for students and teachers so that they can achieve the dialogue that is just ‘meant to be’. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that students have challenging and yet exciting activities to engage them in the classroom, to communicate their instructions articulately and effectively, to answer all questions raised and to make sure that the classroom is as safe and secure as it could possibly be. So let us imagine that the teacher has managed to do all this…but yet still there are students who remain disengaged, uninterested, bored, easily distracted and at the end of the lesson fails to provide the level of work expected, or perhaps any work at all! I guess one can say that people have different levels of abilities just for the sake of argument, but we have a student who didn’t make an effort at all.
Who has failed to support and continue the dialogue?
So I guess as listed, the student has responsibilities to ensure that they are continuously learning something each lesson, continuously striving to improve themselves and with support an encouragement making links between lessons through reflection. As we know, learning does not stop outside the school gates, but must be interwoven in our daily lives in order to get the best of what life offers.
Learning is as much a teachers responsibility as it is the students.
However, it is our responsibility to encourage, support and motivate students despite their attitudes to our subjects. This is the joys of teaching. :)