These are just a few of the experiences I’ve had in the new year that have reminded me that the role of the teacher has definitely changed in this modern world. Once we embrace our role as lead learners in the classroom, we open up opportunities for our students to take risks, be wrong and to learn from failure. If we only ever model ourselves as the fountain of knowledge at the front of the room, students will never want to question us or any other person in a position of power. In today’s hostile political climate and a world where tech moves faster than ever, we need to encourage our students to question ideas that are presented to them, feel safe to come up with original ideas and truly love learning. It is only by promoting a love of learning that we will create responsible citizens who respect the things that unite us and seek to understand what separates us.