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What is my role, as a teacher, exactly?
This is one of the most important questions, because your role is absolutely central.
Your role is central throughout the project and central to each of the stages of Cultura.
Simply put (more information is available along all the activities suggested for each stage), you will need to:
- really understand the rationale of Cultura (see the Rationale)
- set up the Web site (with the help of a technician)
- create your syllabus
- find a partner (unless you have decided to work in closed circuit)
- set up the calendar (with your partner)
- set the tone and explain the approach to your students
- give daily and weekly tasks for your students to do
- make sure students keep up with the work
- be well-prepared.
This is, in fact, not too different from your regular work.
The most important thing to remember is that, paradoxically, your work is
both central and peripheral. It is central in the sense that without you (and
without your partner, if you have one), nothing can happen. It is peripheral
in the sense that, once you have set up the tasks, your students' work will
then take center stage. They will be the ones observing, analyzing, making hypotheses,
writing on the forums, drawing conclusions, etc.. You will be there to encourage
them to keep probing further.