7. Teacher Roles for Engaged Learning
Facilitator. The teacher provides rich
environments, experiences, and activities for learning by incorporating
opportunities for collaborative work,
problem solving, authentic tasks, and shared knowledge and responsibility.
Guide. In a collaborative classroom,
the teacher must act as a guide - a complex and varied role that incorporates
mediation, modeling, and coaching. When mediating student learning, the
teacher frequently adjusts the level of information and support based on
students' needs and helps students
to link new information to prior knowledge, refine their problem-solving
strategies, and learn how to learn.
Co-Learner and Co-Investigator. Teachers
and students participate in investigations with practicing professionals.
Using this model, students explore
new frontiers and become producers of knowledge in knowledge-building communities.
Indeed, with the help of technology,
students may become the teachers as teachers become the learners.