The role of the teacher
Enquiring Minds is demanding teaching. It requires a shift from teaching your subject as well as you can, to empowering students to develop their own understanding, question received knowledge and change, develop or build on this knowledge.
“It’s made me reflect a lot about the way I teach - allowing students a lot more freedom within a lesson... in order for them to gain ownership over what they’re doing”Teacher
The ‘good’ Enquiring Minds teacher has the following characteristics:
- a thorough understanding of how knowledge is produced, and a desire to learn about how ideas and knowledge are produced in subjects other than their own
- an ability to produce knowledge - to research topics and to make connections between ideas
- an understanding of the social context in which they are operating
- insights into the lives of students and a willingness to engage with aspects of students’ cultures.