Diane Watkins


We, teachers, parents, students, and the community at large, must be observant of and become intimately familiar with the world around us. We must then analyze that information seriously and use it in responsible ways with our students in order to proactively improve ourselves, our students and our communities beyond the scope of the classroom. In essence, we must impact the world.

In light of fads, funding concerns and politically driven initiatives, teachers as facilitators of education must constantly strive to BE the homeostasis of the system.   At the same time, we must be willing to admit our own limitations and address them in constructive ways.

Given the right conditions, all students can learn academic skills and content material.  The role of the instructor is to guide the learning process and facilitate that learning in well thought out ways, always with the end goal in mind. Teachers can change the world.

For additional information on my work in the Fellows Program, please see my action research report, Picturing Power.