Before, my view towards teaching is that I need to find the most efficient approach to the learning of my students. Before I have no idea what constructivism is, all I know is that I have to show the process, allow them to do this and that so that they would realize that they are actually doing the concept being discussed.
Figure 1. Plato doing dialogue.
I start my class with dialogues, we discuss the previous lesson and I ask them questions which is relevant to the lesson. I also ask them of their realization towards the topic.
Figure 2. Tree of Knowledge
Then I would allow them to develop their own understanding towards the topic or concept. I also realized that whenever I am teaching, I am also learning. Whenever we had a class, Our Tree of Knowledge is growing.
Nowadays, that I am studying different contemporary approaches in teaching, I came to realize that I’ve been doing constructivism from the very beginning wherein it only started with the thought that I want them to get involve in learning, because that is what Plato and Socrates are doing, they involve students in learning and achieving higher understanding.
My perspective doesn’t change during my studies, It just improved and magnified my perspectives in teaching also aligned my goal in teaching. Among the contemporary approaches in teaching, I really want to apply constructivism and the involvement of social interaction in learning because it suits the subjects I am teaching, which is science. In science we often do laboratory and field works where the students would always be involved.
However, I won’t stick in one contemporary approaches in teaching because every student is different from one another, I would often reflect after applying an approach so that I would know what approach is effective for them or what approach suits them.
Different contemporary approaches in teaching will serve as my weapons and arms in honing their wholeness. Because I won’t only be dealing with their intellects, but also in their social and emotional assets also with the main goal of honing the future leaders of this country.
Figure 3. Einstein
Albert Einstein aside from being a Physicist, he is also a Professor, a teacher…
According to his theory of relativity, time and space is relative and are connected with each other.
So as the teacher and his students
I’ll be the teacher, also a molecular biologist who could relatively connect with my students 🙂