“A Caring Family Member who attends to family, school, parish and the wider community.
The Catholic Graduate Expectation of being “A Caring Family Member” only reinforces how significant Catholic education is. Whereas non-Catholic schools will strive to connect the classroom and the household pillars of a student’s development, Catholic institutions will attempt to connect the three pillars of school, family, and parish.
I have incorporated the “Classroom Challenge” assignment into this arena, because it is a written testament to how the classroom environment is changing due to technological advancements. By recognizing that there is an issue with children growing up as skeptics, solutions can eventually be brainstormed. It is the responsibility of a family member to know what is happening within the unit, so that he or she can react in a positive manner and attempt to recalibrate those who are led astray from a Christian path.
I have also included “The School As a Church” assignment, because the more we can model our schools after our parishes, the more students and staff can permeate the Catholic faith throughout their daily lives. Bronfenbrenner and his Bioecological Systems Theory states that the student’s immediate environment, the classroom, will shape his or her development. Therefore, the classroom, school, teacher, administration, and students must operate as a family unit.
To establish a strong, positive relationship between teacher and student – one that resembles a caring family, trust must be the cornerstone. This is the rationale for connecting this arena with the ethical standard of trust. Trust and rapport between the student and the teacher is the most important element. When there is trust, there is a dynamic collaboration of sharing knowledge between the teacher and the student.