This week's topic is another thought provoking topic. So time to reflect upon and share in my not so private diary. I will concentrate my blog on how I view teachers provide support for our students. As teachers, I feel it is our job not so much a support that if the support is not there that student may fall, but more of a bridge or guide that hopefully helps one be able to get to where they want to be on their own two feet. This guidance can come in many forms, but ultimately you want a student to make their own choices and become independent. There can be many pitfalls on this journey and that's why bridges need to be formed to help one get to where they need to be. Students can get too reliant or expect support too much that they forget they need to be the drivers of change and feel that things are owed to them. Teachers need to realize that each student's journey is different and helping them can and does require a number of strategies and approaches. Teachers need to keep open minds, be empathetic and build relationships with their students in order to provide the guidance or bridges students may need. However a teacher can't demand a student to be where they need to be nor let the student lean on the teacher to get them through. It is a huge privilege to be in a position where somebody looks to you to help them grow and succeed. It is important that we see ourselves as role models and as such we should always be working on ourselves to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit. It is also a tremendous responsibility that teachers need to reflect on and try to provide the best advice, suggestions, understanding, and decisions we can. Mistakes will be made in the process of provide each student with the tools and abilities to get where they need to go, but that is one of the great joys of teaching when we can back away and watch a student stand on their own two feet full of pride and a sense of accomplishment.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.