After writing my essay this is my teaching manifesto that emerged. I've never written a manifesto for anything before but I gave it a try.
Manifesto: Some guidelines I follow as a teacher in my face-to-face learning environment and will employ as an online teacher:
Manipulatives in a face-to-face classroom translates to technological tools in an online one.
Diverse learners and their different learning styles must be considered and addressed in both learning modes.
The learning environment should foster inquiry, exploration, experimentation, production, and reflection.
Such theories as constructivist, cognitivist, behaviourist, and connectivist should underpin the design of online and face-to-face learning environments.
Learners should always have the opportunity to participate in authentic real-world activities.
Develop opportunities for students to have a personal investment and take ownership of their learning.
Technology for the use of enhancement and engagement not as a replacement.
Be a lifelong learner.
Instill critical and higher order thinking skills.
Teaching is not a one way delivery of knowledge.
Lessons taught don’t end when you leave the classroom or step away from the computer.
Students must be encouraged to develop strategies and select tools that work individually to help them understand the concepts that are being taught.
Teaching is a complex social activity.
Students come with a wide variety of life experience that can affect their learning in many ways.
Student’s prior knowledge should be valued and embraced not suppressed.
Problem solving is one of the most important skills to master.
Students need to interact with fellow students as well as the teacher.
Reflection isn’t looking back its examining new knowledge gained.
Feedback should be directive not summarizing.
Assessment should be authentic and ongoing not a final report on learning.
Always create a safe and supportive learning environment for your students.
Guide students to make good choices.
Always have high expectations.
Modify and differentiate the conditions of learning so all students are able to reach their learning goals.
Set individual, achievable learning goals with your students not for them.
Student input should be valued not dismissed.
Nourish student’s creativity.
Exhibit a love for learning.
True characteristics of a teacher are being proactive, positive, approachable, and responsive.