Many universities have their last week of classes this week. The message I (Yiola) end my courses with and what I hope resonates with my student teachers is the message that, at the end of the day, teaching is ultimately a relational act. Teaching is about building relationships and fostering a sense of care — having students build a love, respect and belief in themselves and a concern for and desire to learn and achieve. As teachers, we play a significant role in that belief.
In my courses we explore instructional methods: lesson planning, learning environment, creative teaching, and so many curriculum areas. We frame these practices in critical pedagogy and a pedagogy of care. I do my best, in the weekly / bi-weekly class structure of the university, to model what I outline above.
I came across this ad on social media and it caught my attention. It made me think of all those I work with, teach, and care about.
To you I encourage: question thoughtfully, think critically, read intently, and teach confidently.
Wishing everyone a happy end of the school year.