What is the role of a teacher? What is the role of a learner? How does a teacher in a classroom apply their faith, beliefs, and view of the world into their classroom? How does this worldview affect the outcome of the curriculum that is developed and taught to their students? This paper will explore these questions and how the ideas of world view and personal truth affects an educator’s development of curriculum as well as influence the role of the teacher, learner, society, and family.
We all have a worldview, a set of lenses used to view all of life and reality. Our individual worldview will influence all personal decisions and will help decide the direction traveled through our life. The role of faith and religious beliefs will affect the development of a personal worldview. A Christian worldview view is based on the belief that God exists (Heb. 11:6) and that God is the ruler by which all things are measured. A foundational belief that God created all things (Gen. 1:11), and he holds all of creation together (Col. 1:17). A Christian worldview will also believe that the Bible is God’s divinely inspired word (2 Tim. :16). A belief that God became flesh and lived among us in the body of Jesus Christ (Col. 1:19), and that death and sin entered the world when mankind chose to rebel against God’s word (Rom. 5:12-14). A continuing faith in the belief that the only way to eternal life and being reunited with God is in believing in (John 3:15-19) and obeying (Luke 8:21, John 3:20) Jesus Christ. The Bible is the primary source for all learning. The Bible can be used to teach a foundation of truth and principles of reason that is needed to be a productive student and a life long learner.
The same principles of reason and foundations of truth can also be used by educational professionals to structure their classroom and their approach to the curriculum to be taught (Cox Jr. , Barnum & Hameloth, 2010). II Timothy 3:16 – 17 states, “ But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is God – breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ” (NIV) This scripture is a great foundational scripture for teachers. This scripture can be used to instruct teachers on how to use their formal and informal education to develop their curriculum and instruct their students. A belief in the Word of God and the Bible can be extremely helpful to educators when constructing curriculum and defining what will comprise the foundation of student learning.
When Biblical mandates are used as the back bone of a teacher’s classroom management and curriculum, the class will be led in a Godly direction and Godly instruction. The Bible gives reasons for clear, distinct learning outcomes. II Tim. 2:15 calls us to “Study to show ourselves approved unto God…” (KJV). This verse gives a clear learning outcome, we are to study the scriptures constantly and passionately, then incorporate it in every aspect of our lives. All the knowledge and wisdom a teacher or student will ever need is given through the inspired Word of God.
Using the Word of God to plan a course of study is effective because it guides students in how to view God and each other, how to conduct themselves, and how to measure ideas and activities. The Role of the teacher is to help students appreciate their ability to be literate, to think critically, and to appreciate their talents, it is those individual talents that will help to shape the students’ contribution to society. A teachershould provide a quality education, by remaining aware and open minded about the latest educational development, strategies and educational trends.
Teachers should be continually learning and assessing their teaching practices through reflection and collaboration with other teachers. It is the role of the teacher to use these teaching practices to develop in students the abilities and skills that will remain with them throughout life. Teachers should be role models for their students, to provide encouragement and praise, reassuring their students that they can achieve their dreams and reach their goals. Teaching should not only focus on academics but it should also focus on character education.
Students need to be prepared to enter into their community and have the ability to interact with people from different backgrounds, cultures, religious backgrounds, social status, and values. It is important that teachers work with students to help them learn the skills of cooperation, patience, communication, empathy, understanding and teamwork, these skills are extremely important for the successful integration into further education, the workforce, family life and other social interactions.
Teachers can achieve this through focusing on and encouraging group work, peer tutoring as well as games and activities that focus on social behaviors. “Developing in students the desire for the good is the ideal in character development. In this way, students come to a place in which they choose to pursue morally good behaviors, rather than the alternative, as a matter of preference” (Wilhelm and Firmin, 2008). As a teacher’s role is that of facilitator, the student’s role is to be motivated about their learning. Students should be active participants in their education.
A student that is active in their education is a student that will participate in classroom discussions, by not only answering questions presented by the teacher, but also answering questions from other students. Students should feel comfortable enough in the classroom to ask questions and express their own ideas on a subject. One very important role for the student is one the student explorer. When students are encouraged to explore a subject or their surrounding environment, they become teachers by integrating what they have learned.
In this way students become producers of knowledge. Students should also be actively involved in setting learning goals and tracking their progress toward these goals. “Student engagement and ownership of the learning process increase when they are given opportunities to celebrate their success in relationship to mastery of identifies learning goals” ( Marzano, 2007). Effective teachers are able to create classroom environments where collaboration between students and teachers takes place.
These classroom environments have the ability to create a high degree of learning due to the teacher and student working together to create learning outcomes and students monitoring their progress toward these outcomes. Parents play a crucial role in ensuring that their children get the most out of their education. It is extremely important for parents to know and understand what is taking place at their child’s school. Ultimately parents are responsible for the education of their children, for teaching them what is right and wrong in the context of their family values.
To maintain that level of responsibility, parents have to become familiar with the environment where their children spend the majority of their waking hours. Educational environments succeed when teachers and parents work together to create a safe and positive environment for the students. Schools should work hard to make sure that all parents feel welcome in the school and that parents are encouraged to ask questions and have input (Hoover-Dempsey & Sandler, 1997). Education is absolutely necessary to have a stable society.
Citizens of a community have to have access to suitable educational opportunities; it is the role of the government to make those opportunities available to all (Friedman, 1955). As a whole it is beneficial for the government on a local, state, and national level to support the role an educated citizenship plays in the advancement of communities and society. Every person has a role and a stake in the education system, from the teacher, student, parent, and community. They way that a person understands and applies their role depends largely on their personal worldview.
A worldview that is based on the truth of the word of God, will allow teachers, students, and parents to work together to bring out the best in each other and ultimately the best in our community.