There are so many different acceptable answers regarding how students learn best. However, I do believe one essential element must exist in the classroom for all students: Their teacher is a shapeshifter. This Henry Moore sculpture captures the spirit of a shapeshifter.
Solid as a rock yet warm and inviting
Trusting yet ready to release you
Looks at people or a problem from all sides to get a new perspective
Lets learning flow organically in the classroom
You immediately feel good when you observe this sculpture just like the feeling you get in a classroom that has an environment ripe for learning. After all, there are standards we must teach but I truly believe our job is to foster a love of learning and no amount of curriculum or technology can achieve that unless a shapeshifter is present to respond to the ever changing needs in a classroom.