The Responsibilities And Characteristics Of An Effective Educator

878 Words Nov 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Teachers play a variety of important roles, from co-constructor and facilitator to advocate and collaborator, in order to promote play, learning and development (McNaughton & Williams, 2009). This essay will investigate the responsibilities and characteristics of an effective educator, drawing from relevant theory, to illustrate methods of supporting learning for children from birth to age 8.
Teachers have the role of co-constructing with students through collaborative social interactions. This reflects Vygotsky’s ideas of learning through exchanging knowledge, with the shared contribution of ideas and understanding encouraging children to develop complex thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills (Duchesne, Bochner, McMaugh & Krause, 2015). Vygotsky recognised the influence of social and cultural factors of the environment, and introduced both teacher and student as “active agents” in the learning process (Verenikina, 2008, p.164). Co-constructive learning is an effective teaching strategy involving both teacher and child working together to create meaning. Using exchanges and interactions to build greater knowledge and understanding of the world, teacher and student make meaning through shared experiences of learning (McNaughton & Williams, 2009, p.230). Instead of ‘spoon-feeding’ information through lectures or a rote-learning set-up, teachers should provide opportunities for students to actively seek, reflect and analyse knowledge. For example, an educator could…

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