A teacher’s work

some notes…

Advocating for democracy is something Reggio fosters… and advocacy is an aspect of quality teaching discussed by Reggio philosophers:

“Carlina Rinaldi once sought to explain what is involved in the teacher’s role.  In an interview with Lella Gandini, she highlighted how a teacher’s work should be grounded in political beliefs and advocacy[1].

Advocacy is also a constant presence in Magda Gerber’s work advocating for infants.

Part of this same concern about advocacy for families, something Jim Greenman intimates when he writes that “if families are left at the door, family bonds will weaken.”[1]  Such advocacy works on many levels and requires that a teacher know the families she works with well.  Assimilating the research and respecting the competence of those who disagree (in parenting decisions, for example) is a strong aspect of advocating for families and for the community.

This all ties in with the need for a teacher to participate in developments in education research.  Education cannot be what it once was and for a so-called 21st century education to be realized, it seems that an effective teacher must be one who advocates for quality education as well.

[1] P72 Jim Greenman (c2005) Caring Spaces, Learning Places; children’s environments that work.  Exchange press: Redmond, WA

[1] P27 Carolyn Edwards (?) “Partner, nurturer, and guide: the role of the teacher” in Deb Curtis and Margie Carter … oops – need to search out that ref


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