As educators, it’s important to step back every once in a while and remember that we were once students too. Our past experiences can help shape our understanding of today’s classroom and our learners’ many needs. Additionally, reflection on our own education can help us identify learning opportunities that we wish we’d had in order to set us up for the future.
Research now shows that students need an integrated approach to learning that goes beyond the traditional academic framework and supports students’ social, emotional, and cognitive development. When we acknowledge the need for this shift, we can get to the heart of learning—pushing students to reach their full potential while providing them with the support they need to get there.