As you offer ideas about the roles of teachers, I see it as a circle of ongoing facilitating and monitoring of kids' progress. It not only involves leading, but also observing, guiding, mentoring, inspiring, and assessing. I also see the teacher's role during this age as a skill builder.
As you discuss the role of the environment, it must be enriching and stimulating. I also suggest that it should encompass interest or skill areas. It also should embody a classroom routine or structure and offer a strong sense of classroom ...
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