the Ideal Academic

The Ideal Academic—reflection following Lego Bento DMLL session.

The 3D model above signifies my understanding of the ideal academic:

The ‘ideal’ academic is someone who seeks to elevate and create a progression of knowledge for their students. Someone who values discipline and structure but allows of disruptions in routine and space for creativity. The ideal academic builds her classes on the student’s existing knowledge (see blue layer); She will take into account not only the academic aptitudes of her students, but their affective tendencies as well. She will endeavor to allow students to follow their own path and she will create the environment to facilitate independent decision making. She will appreciate her student’s background and enable them to re-connect with childhood’s curiosity.