If you are a teacher, are you a facilitator?
This is generally still the first word out of teacher’s mouths when they talk about the changing nature of the role of a teacher. I’ve always hated it, it’s as bad as…shudder…”guide on the side.”
Labeling yourself, speaking of yourself, as a facilitator weakens and devalues what a teacher is and does. You’re a facilitator of what exactly? You facilitate learning?
And don’t think I’m gonna let you off the hook by labeling yourself as a “co-learner” either. Stand up and try that a parent openhouse…”I will be a co-learner of algebra with along with all of your kids.”
If I’m a parent (and remember, they pay your salary) I want a professional teacher. I want you to teach my kids algebra, not facilitate it. Do what you have to, but have enough respect for your profession to be proud that you are a teacher, and all that brings.
Don’t facilitate. Don’t label yourself as a co-learner. While romantic and trendy, do one thing.
Be a teacher.