I highly value the concept of lifelong learning and believe that any learning is a constant, ongoing, and ever-changing process and should be undertaken continuously throughout one’s life to improve knowledge, skills and competencies.
I appreciate the importance of both formal and informal learning within the learning environment and how the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to learning can benefit not just learners but those seeking to develop as part of any professional learning community.
I believe that there are five elements and methods for education that are vital for learning and should be applied collectively in an educational environment, whether formal or informal. These comprise the acronym T.E.A.C.H.
1. Learning should be Transformative and challenge the learner to think critically and question their own beliefs and assumptions alongside a wider, more diverse worldview.
2. Learning should be Experiential and encourage learners to actively participate in their learning and reflect on their lived experiences to develop deeper skills, attitudes, and new ways of thinking.
3. Learning should be Assessed through curriculum that embraces a universal design for learning and provides all learners the opportunity to illustrate their knowledge in a way that accommodates individual and unique learning differences with an emphasis on progress rather than achievement; meeting each learner where they are and helping them along at their own pace.
4. Learning should be Collaborative to foster interpersonal relationships and social interaction skills that are crucial for promoting inclusion, cooperation, and higher-level thinking for the greater good.
5. Learning should be Holistic and provide learners with every opportunity to develop their whole person intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, and creatively through the learning process. I believe that this unique perspective of teaching generates learning that is meaningful and enduring, far beyond the walls of a classroom.
Finally, as an educator, I have a responsibility to communicate the importance of continuous, holistic education and the value of lifelong learning to our governmental bodies, community partners, and most importantly to learners of all ages. I endeavour to model these core values in my own life and to promote, instil, and support it in others.