by Margarida Romero, professor at Laval University
The people who teach our children are one of the keys to academic success, especially in elementary and secondary school. The “teacher effect” has been well identified in various international studies, and some countries have gone to great lengths to give teachers a privileged position in school and in society.
Most of the time, teachers use their expertise in the discretion of classrooms. Among the opportunities to see them at work, there is the Rendez-vous des écoles francophones en network (REFER), including the 4e edition was held recently at Cardinal-Roy high school in Quebec. In addition to bringing together teachers and other educational actors around the theme of creativity, during workshops and conferences, the REFER has given a large place to the presentation of class projects and that of the winners of the competition. twitterature and popular science. This year again, the students showed seriousness, a great sense of initiative and a lot of (digital) creativity. For this, they benefited from the complicity of teachers who were able to give them the necessary creative margin to allow them to demonstrate their potential. Teachers who acted as propellants and not masters of the game. Events like the REFER or theAQUOPS show how teachers can make a difference by the way they support their students. When they fully develop their professional skills, teachers are the superheroes of the education system. They can help develop the potential of each student, the taste for lifelong learning and even a critical and creative relationship to the world (creativity).
Teaching is not child's play
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