At the moment I am studying for a PGCert in Learning and Teaching: Creative Practices. The course material is very interesting, and has encouraged me to think about numerous educational issues including what kind of learner I am, what methods of teaching suit my way of learning, what makes an excellent teacher and how learning should be supported.
In her talk titled 'Every kid needs a champion', Rita Pierson argues that the relationship between teacher and student is very important. She suggests that teachers should admit their mistakes to their students, demonstrating that they too are learning and closing the hierarchy between tutor and pupil. She also emphasises the importance of focusing on the positives rather than negatives in order to install a sense of hope and encouragement in the child.
"Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."