The shared responsibility of seeking and finding knowledge

An effective classroom is a two-way street with teachers and students sharing the responsibility of working together to engage in meaningful learning.Image

There is a delicate balance of responsibility for each person involved in the learning process.  Teacher and student choices are made every minute of every hour of every day to be engaged or not engaged in the “seek and find” learning process.

Seek implies engagement. It is searching with passion.

In order to develop a successful learning environment, teachers must seek ways to engage students and, by the same token, students must seek ways to become engaged. The learning process at its most effective is a two-way street of shared responsibility. .

Everyone is responsible for the learning and each of us must choose to seek before we can find.

In addition, teachers should strive to demonstrate the seek and find process by pushing back when students make poor choices. Teachers must take time to ask students what is needed from the teacher for them to be successful as well as how students can help themselves be successful.

In my experience when having this sometimes difficult discussion with students, the issue of an effective classroom being a two-way street with shared responsibility of learning always comes to light.

I believe deep down students understand their responsibility in the learning process as do teachers.

It is just that sometimes we need to remind one another that to find knowledge we must search with passion, WE MUST FIRST SEEK.

Thank you to my student Miranda who volunteered to be the model for the blog photo. She also graciously read and approved the content of this blog. 🙂


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About barbarawmadden

I began teaching in 1981, but after a few years decided staying home with my children was what was best for my family. After almost 20 years raising four children, I returned to the classroom in 2005.

One response to “The shared responsibility of seeking and finding knowledge”

  1. barbarawmadden says :

    Reblogged this on that MADDENing teacher and commented:

    Have a safe weekend. Stay warm!

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