Embracing Organised Challenge
Learning experiences that are rich in challenge and complexity can connect students to real life learning and performance in future life roles. When students succeed in completing these challenges, they are more highly motivated and the transfer of skill is higher. However, it can’t be a sink or swim approach. The students needs to be purposely taught the thinking and cooperative learning skills
needed, and the task needs to be scaffolded by the teacher for a smooth path to success. There is a careful balance of tension the teacher needs to create between student orientated learning and teacher directed work that calls on the wise leadership of the teacher.
oday’s fractured society and the academic nature of schools do not always lead students to believe in their own worth as leaders. Teachers need to confirm for students that God has uniquely created each of us with our own strengths and challenges, and that He loves us. We need to seek to understand our students’ individual learning needs, and strategically shape our pedagogy to meet those needs. Teachers work in partnership with parents, so we can affirm individuals and build a secure foundation of confidence that will lead to learning success.
Right Relationship & Enjoyment
God desires a right relationship with us and a right relationship between us. As teachers we need to model mature, appropriate emotional interactions and assist students to develop self-regulatory behaviour that reflects God’s standards for right relationship. This includes caring for and encouraging one another and seeking forgiveness and restoration of relationships. We need to recognize the developmental stages of a child’s growth and use our authority as the leader in the classroom in positive and fair ways to make learning enjoyable for all. Teachers challenge students to measure their attitudes and behaviour against the unchanging standards in God’s word, while demonstrating God’s unchanging love.