The Role of the Educator
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. – Allan Lokos
Teachers focus on whole child development – physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Teachers facilitate the child's development and education by planning activities and lessons based on the child's interests, asking questions to further understanding, and actively engaging in the activities alongside the child. Teachers are responsive and nurturing to the needs of children. Teachers mentor and guide the process from inside the learning situation. As children interact with learning materials and other children, teachers scaffold learning by giving children new vocabulary, suggesting possible solutions to problems, providing resources, modeling behaviors, or showing them where to find more information.
While working on projects with the child, the teacher documents the child’s learning by collecting data and examples of learning that can be used at a later time to inform parents and expand the child’s learning.
At CCPRE the teacher is considered a co-learner and collaborator with the child and not just an instructor. The role of educators is to observe children carefully, listen to their questions and their stories, discover what interests them and then provide them with opportunities to explore these interests further. The children lead the development of the learning environment.
At CCPRE, teachers do not use “canned” curriculum, teacher manuals, or achievement tests because curriculum emerges based on the interests of the children. The teachers are not simply practitioners implementing a curriculum designed by experts. Instead, they, like the children are valuable researchers who are not reproducing culture or knowledge, but rather creating it together.
At CCPRE, our qualifications for teaching include a natural love for working with young children, a natural passion for increased knowledge in teaching methods, and a desire to share this acquired knowledge with others. We look for inherent curiosity and love for learning, not the ability to acquire, recite and reproduce textbook knowledge.
Teachers are co-explorers, guiding, nurturing, learning, hypothesizing, and solving problems side-by-side with the children. They are researchers and documenters, listening, observing, recording, displaying, and learning by and from the project work and the playful learning of the children. Teachers are learners, working collaboratively with other educators to improve their skills. Teachers are storytellers, presenting the work of children to parents, other educators, and community members.