Educator

Listen

photo:  Tori Duhaime

Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities. Observation then has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiment upon the environment. The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared environment, and then refraning from obtrusive interference.

- Maria Montessori

Fostering and encouraging interest is more my hope than dispensing information. A culture of interdependence will support the student in their great work of unfolding. I ask students to find technique, the anatomical fulfilling exploration of kinesthetic energies. A dance educator’s pedagogy leads to welfare of life through dance. Work is a fundamental drive of the human spirit. Therefore, an environment of rigor is necessary, even if what’s asked of us is rigorous rest. More often than not, the answers we seek are within the students’ questions themselves - listen.