The new director of our middle school shared with us this article.
“Role of the Educator in a Friends School” — developed by the participants of “Educators New to Quakerism,” Winter, 2000
- To be an authentic role model.
- To guide, nurture, and enrich the mind and spirit of children.
- Peaceful listening.
- To use silence — to allow the student time to think and reflect.
- To know yourself and to bring that self to the classroom.
- To be fully present.
- To think about other people.
- To take the time to see the spirit in every child.
- To make the students accountable for their actions.
- To seek the “Truth” and to take joy in the seeking.
- To honor your own integrity.
- To remember learning takes place in laughter, too.
- This is all one moment in the life of a child.
- To trust in your students’ abilities and in your own.
- To model and encourage leadership as service among students, teachers, and staff.
- To question, reflect, discuss, question, reflect, and discuss.
- Actively look for ways to express Quaker testimonies and beliefs in the curriculum.
- To acknowledge and appreciate commonalities and diversity among students, family, and staff.
- To demand of myself what I expect of others — trust, passion, commitment, love, justice, and equality.
- “Education is an exercise of hope; equity is an act of courage.”
- To live and teach through the eyes of a child.
- Accept the mystery.
- To focus on process above outcome.
- To help children understand that one must fall in order to get to the next step. Mistakes are OK.
- To encourage bias awareness and bias busting.