My name is James Caldwell. I am a 38 year old educator, from Australia. Over the years, I have gained a Master of Education
with a Technology Education Major, a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching. I have considerable experience teaching in New Zealand, Australia, and South Korea. Such recent qualifications and experience ensures that my
classroom program utilises current pedagogical practices and methods to sustain optimal student learning.
As a facilitator of learning, I recognise that establishing a safe and supportive learning environment, combined with authentic and meaningful learning experiences are vital in a student-centered approach to teaching. My students are provided with opportunities to ask questions, research, collaborate, reflect, and present understandings, as they move towards independence and mastery of a task. To assist students in achieving the required learning goals, they are given opportunity to recognise, develop, and practice a variety of learning processes and methods to compliment their learning style.
My student‐centered learning environment recognises and promotes the importance of student cooperation and collaboration to optimise learning and results. As my students interact, they are provided with opportunities to develop new understandings, reshape or justify prior understandings and challenge the understandings of their peers.
As the facilitator of learning, I endeavour to provide encouragement, empathy, and discussion to nurture my students’ enjoyment of learning. Part of this requires me to recognise an individual student’s needs and ensuring that they are working at a level that is nurturing continuous development.