I believe that the role of the teacher is to create a learning environment that is welcoming to all learners despite their abilities, religion, race, gender or socio-economical background. I, as the teacher, will expose the strengths of the learners, encourage them to try new things without fear of mistakes, and promote equality, respect and acceptance for all. My classroom will be an open, safe and relaxed place where learners will be excited to enter each school day.
I believe the role of the learner is to come to school every day with an open mind and a willingness to learn. The learners are required to try their best at every task that is given to them. The word ‘can’t’ should not be part of the learners' vocabulary. Each day should be a chance to try new things, make mistakes and learn in the caring environment established within the classroom by me, the teacher.
I believe diversity in the classroom is two-fold. Diversity applies to the learners as well as the teacher. The learners will each have their own unique ways of learning as well as different personalities and different family situations. Diversity among learners will be embraced and celebrated within my classroom. Furthermore, I as a teacher will be diverse. I will have a diverse bank of knowledge and diverse teaching techniques in order to reach the diverse learners of my class. Without teacher diversity the learners will not grow or learn from the teacher. Similarly, without learner diversity the teacher will not be challenged to reach those students who for whatever reason, stand out among the rest. This symbiotic relationship helps learners and teachers to grow together.