I believe teaching is fundamentally about building relationships and establishing trust, within and outside the classroom. Doing this often necessitates a delicate balancing act among careful questioning, playful engagement, rigorous interrogation, gentle guidance, and direct instruction. Because I see teaching as a relational act with consequences that extend beyond the classroom, I take seriously the responsibility of being a teacher. I see teaching moments as moments for potential connection. I believe those connections, and how I go about creating and nurturing them, are what teaching is all about. And the beauty of this is that in teaching–being mindful of those connections–I learn.
To teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students is essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin.