What is your facilitation style? How do you see yourself in the role of facilitator?
My personal teaching philosophy is that people learn through collaboration, reflection, and real life experiences. To that end, I see myself as a facilitator of a learning experience and design my learning experiences to heavily use interactive strategies like small group discussion, individual reflection time, and real-world problems to solve. While I value my own competence and expertise on a subject, I value more allowing learners to intentionally examine their previous experiences against new ideas.
In short, I view any class I teach as a "workshop" and most of the time, I want to "get out of the way" of the participants' learning.
What do you believe about your role in the classroom?
A resource to help you think about this: Grasha's teaching styles.
Grasha describes four different teaching styles:
- Expert/Formal Authority
- Personal Model
Taking some time to reflect on your beliefs and values as a facilitator allows you to be more aware of the choices you make in the design of your session and the environment you create with your presence.