We can all agree teachers serve an important role. They can make a difference in a child’s scholastic success or struggles. However for sometime I’ve felt as though I’m playing teacher. It is a feeling akin to when I was eight and pretend-playing school with my peers. Except now, I’m a grown adult teaching as a serious career.
Some Early Years IB teachers I’ve met have expressed concerns the PYP concept-driven curriculum is inappropriate to their pre-logical students. Colleagues in the US are worried about the push to test performance. My answer: stop taking yourself so seriously and play!
Recently I read an article from Reggio Emilia founder Loris Malaguzzi where he confirms my suspicions. In, Your Image of the Child: Where Teaching Begins (1994), Malaguzzi encourages educators to analyze their role and relation to their students. He writes, “The teacher has to be the author of a play. . . Teachers also need to be the main actors in the play, the protagonists”. So, have fun and play-on!