Eric Hoffer once said “The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together.”
We at Tandem Teaching affirm that this is truly the purpose of education. We believe that it is our duty, as teachers, to give children the tools to become contributing citizens in a democracy, and leaders in the multifaceted world they will inherit-a world that is rapidly evolving.
Our goal is to provide a safe environment where children can develop strong self-discipline, interpersonal skills, values, social and civic responsibilities, and respect for nature and others.
There are many ways to instill these qualities in students. A significant way is by implementing authentic learning and assessment strategies with every child . This can take place on a variety of levels. However, the two ways that we consider to be the most effective are by integrating methods that accommodate all learners, and by teaching students how to construct meaning for themselves.
Instructional strategies must be modified in order for lessons and activities to validate different learning modalities-auditory, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic. Students should be encouraged to investigate, analyze, speculate, and verify answers to problems in an environment that meets their learning needs.
To help all learners reach their potential, we need to customize the learning process.
Another goal is to transition away from the days of strict rote memorization and into learning activities that will promote meaningful learning. There are times when information must be delivered and times when it can be discovered. Teachers and parents must challenge children not only to solve problems, but also to think critically and explain why they came to a particular conclusion.
We need to develop initiative, teamwork, and thinking skills, while celebrating the curiosity which is innate in all human beings. This task places enormous responsibility on the shoulders of educators and parents. The key is a balanced approach to instruction, based on the needs of each specific child.
These goals challenge teachers and parents to redefine their roles. We feel the ultimate responsibility is shared between teacher and parent to serve as instructors, facilitators, and interpreters for children.
A healthy, strong partnership in learning between the teacher, parent, and student will empower children to demonstrate high achievement and to develop the skills necessary to enjoy happy and successful lives in our highly complex global society.
It is our duty to help children see that they can make a contribution to their community and world, and give them the tools to be able to do so.
More importantly, we need to help them see that their contribution is needed and valued. Sound interested in working with us? Start here.