Teacher guidance is important in the early stages of every student's development, but the teacher has to respect the student’s development of an independent process. The teacher could allow space for individual interpretations of the information being studied.
When we learn, we build our map to a level where we can function effectively independently of other sources. Students develop competence when they are allowed to become independent of teacher guidance and when they are allowed to develop their own maps. Having the teacher support this process of gaining independence is very important to students. Sometimes students need someone to hold their hands and sometimes they don't. A good teacher knows the difference.
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