THE CHILD IS THE CENTER OF THE TEACHING-LEARNING PROCESS
The teaching-learning process is in a great transition. Before, the teacher is the authority in the classroom. His learners are just passive recipients of whatever he commands and teaches. No one can break his rule or else you will be punished. But now, everything changes. The child now gets involve in every decision that will be made. There is now the transformation from passive to active learners. But is the transition of the teaching-learning process a boon or bane? With the studies done by experts as to what would be the best approach to learning, they come up with a single result, that the child should be the center of the teaching-learning process. The child is perceived as a unique individual with hidden skills, talents and potentials that a teacher needs to unlock. He should be the main interest in the educational setting, not the teacher nor the school itself. I remember what John Dewey once told, “The actual interests of the child must be discovered if the significance and worth of his life is to be taken into account and full development achieved. Each subject must fulfill present needs of growing children . . . The business of education is not, for the presumable usefulness of his future, to rob the child of the intrinsic joy of childhood involved in living each single day,”. If I were to ask you why are there schools and teachers all over the world, simply, your answer will be “because my child needs to be educated”. So, in short, it is very clear that children should be the center of the educative process while teachers act as a facilitator. And in order for the child to learn, he must be involved in the activities done inside and outside of the classroom so that learning will take place. Therefore, the child or the learner is the heart of the teaching-learning process.
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JOY S. MIRAVEL
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