chance to think for themselves, in this way teachers at some point become a Guideon the Side. However, a teacher can only become a Guide on the Side, once theseed of knowledge has already been planted within their students. One cannot expect students to excel in any subject area without activating their priorknowledge. An educators role is to provide each student with that prior knowledge.A teachers role in their students life can become more than teacher-student. Sometimes the teacher will become a parent figure in the students life.Children come from all different types of family background. For example somechildren suffer from broken homes, single parent households, and a lack of parentalinvolvement. In some instances, a teachers presence is the most stable aspect of achilds life. A teacher taking on this role can mean the world to a child because of that sense of stability they can create.Although it is the job of an educator to encourage learning and growth,active student participation is necessary for the child to succeed. There are manyexpectations of students as well as teachers. Students are expected to be respectfulof their teacher, the learning environment, and one another. Without respect and acomfortable learning environment achievement becomes less probable, and verychallenging. Students must pledge to be responsible for their learning. By activelyparticipating in classroom activities, doing their homework, and studying for testsand quizzes students show their dedication to the learning process.Walking into my classroom, the set-up will be one that welcomes acollaborative learning environment. It will arranged in a way where it is easy forstudents to interact with one another, and to interact with the classroom teacher.