Milo · Teacher at DNS

Name: Milo Silvestri
Occupation: Team teacher at DNS International Teacher Training College
Nationality: Italian

If I would describe myself in one word I would say I am a learner. I love to learn: learn about the world, the people, physics, biology, psychology, politics, science, art. My passion for learning makes me invest quite some time in finding out new things, new ways and new processes and, of course, my passion for learning made me become a teacher.

Currently, I am a teacher at DNS and I was also a student here, since the year 2013 until 2016. Before DNS I tried many things, from volunteering to travel without a certain destiny, from being a self-homeschooled student to participate in protests and demonstrations. I was an active person but I missed a main purpose, I missed something to hold on. DNS gave me that: gave me a direction.

Being a teacher is supporting other people to learn, to develop and to grow. Being a teacher is to constantly challenge yourself to challenge others. What I love the most is when I am out there in the world, hitchhiking or meeting a new group of people, and I tell them about what I do, and how I live. I love to see the surprise in their eyes and their minds wondering “I never thought being a teacher would be so cool!”.

If I would not be a teacher, I would probably be an inventor. I would love to own a laboratory where I could spend time creating new things, new knowledge and new ideas. Or I could also be a traveller, exploring the world and its diversity, learning from people and telling them what I know.

Learning is a natural process, it happens to everybody. Children learn by playing, for instance, and they love it. Since when has teaching and learning became boring things? Why should they be? We should look at teaching and learning as ways of playing, ways of entertainment and joy!

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