Tuesday, October 5, 2010

World Teachers’ Day, October 5

World Teachers’ Day, held annually on 5 October since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers. It is an occasion to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels.
With a group of teachers participating in "The school that works", a community of practice founded by Gianni Marconi to allow communication between teachers of various italian regions and contribute, through
cooperation, sharing, communication, improving the education and the learning of students, we have developed the Manifesto of the teachers presented for the first time on July 2 to LSCFCamp in Venice.
The Manifesto of teachers is a kind of Hippocratic Oath (13 points) in which it outlined the commitment of the teacher to encourage personal development, social and cognitive development of students, to make the
school a genuine opportunity to prepare young people to their future and social development.
A "manifesto" which also touches on the role of the teacher the same:
passion for their work, the tension and commitment to continuous improvement, the desire to base their role on the emphaty and no authority.
A powerful work of synthesis with the aim of providing a model of the class teacher and school teacher to the challenges of the times, a challenging model to pursue, so many challenges to abandon the certainties of the past. To keep alive the school and not to die as a teacher.

Teachers'Manifesto authority.

1. I love teaching. I love learning. This is why I’m a teacher.
2. I will teach to promote in every way a sense of wonder at the world, which is inborn in my students. I will teach in order to be overtaken by them. When I am no longer able to do that, I will release my position to one of them.
3. I will teach by demonstration and example. The acknowledgment of my mistakes will enlighten my way.
4. I will join my students in their discovery of the world around them, favouring and encouraging among each of them curiosity and inquisitiveness, questions and passion.
5. Being unable to convey truth to my students, my endeavour will be to get them to live in its pursuit
6. I will foster in my students the commitment and will power to constantly improve themselves and to never give up when faced with difficulties. I, too, will keep updating my training and knowledge.
7. I will strive to make the school the world, and not a prison.
8. I will not convey to my students fixed, pre-packaged ideas. I will be lead by my world view but it will never be a law for them. Questioning and constructive criticism will be the pillars of my educational action.
9. I will promote studying for life and oppose studying for grades.
10. I will gather assessment factors, and refuse simplistic and mechanical approaches that do not take into account the starting point, progress, commitment and overall improvement of each student.
11. I will fight for the school to be everybody’s school, a school where each student can learn according to his/her own pace and path. I will see that my students choose me rather than put up with me.
12. I will help my students light up the future through reading about the past and fully living in the present. I will help them live in the world as it is, but not tolerate leaving it as it is.
13. I will remain faithful to these tenets at all moments of my educational activity, ready to face and overcome all formal and bureaucratic obstacles in my path.
The Manifesto for teachers may be signed by all those who believe in the role of the school and the role of teachers (teachers, administrators,school staff, parents, students) at the following link


Maria said...

Very good article!

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