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Teachers as facilitators of learning



What does it mean?

As a facilitator, you plan and scaffold children's learning based on your understanding of how they learn, their interests, needs and abilities. 

Observing and monitoring children’s learning will help you to better cater to their learning needs. To further enhance children’s learning and development, you can work with families to help children make connections between what goes on in school and at home.





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How can you do it?

You can:
  • Make use of teachable moments to stimulate and extend children's thinking
  • Design the environment purposefully to nurture children's sense of wonder and curiosity, as well as eagerness to learn
  • Use a wide range of teaching strategies to engage children actively
  • Observe and monitor how and what children are learning and use the information to help them make connections and build new understanding

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Example

This video illustrates two of the iTeach principles, Teachers as Facilitators of Learning and Children as Constructors of Knowledge, in action in the classroom. The teacher explains the importance of facilitating children’s learning by breaking down an activity into bite-size tasks, modelling the process of carrying out the task, giving clear instructions and asking open-ended questions. This also provides opportunities for children to explore, discover and gain new understanding of themselves and the world.





 

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