I have been in school and or academic environments for the greater part of my life. During my graduate and undergraduate training, I have developed a very deep passion for learning and I believe that the best days of any student are spent in a classroom. On my first teaching assignment, I was nervous and shy but soon afterwards I warmed up to the entire class and it felt natural. Now I see teaching as a gift that I have been blessed with and I want to utilize my talents to help others to learn.
During my graduate training at the University of Connecticut, I was an Instructor of Introductory Biochemistry for four consecutive years. I worked mainly with undergraduates and delivered expertise instruction, whilst lecturing on biochemical concepts. I provided support and instruction when the students performed their experiments and graded their lab reports in a timely manner and provided them with one-on-one feedback for improvement. Apart from my teaching experience at the college level, I have been a Substitute Teacher for Grades K-12 and I have been a private tutor.
As far as teaching is concerned, I think a good teacher is one that engages students right throughout the class session by posing questions. The good teacher nurtures the thought processing minds of students if questions are posed and should help students to give sensible answers. There should be a good blend between academic material and practical material. Students tend to grasp concepts better and faster when they execute a problem or an experiment on their own. Teaching is creative and one should always use all available media and everyday scenarios to help get concepts over to the students. A good teacher in my view will always recap what was taught in the last class and will never move onto another subject area, without the students having a good grasp of the important concepts. In addition, a good teacher grades and returns assignments within a reasonable timeframe so that the students can be corrected and can learn quickly from their mistakes. If students' grades are not a reflection of what is expected, then the teacher should try to reach out to the parents to notify them of the student’s participation and work ethic in the class.
I firmly believe that a Teacher's role is not limited to the classroom alone but that it serves as a broader role in mentoring and advising students on deciding what career paths they feel comfortable taking. From my experiences, I think a good teacher is one that cares for their students and wants their students to succeed and be outstanding citizens in whatever career paths they undertake. A good teacher would go about that role with grace and would never lose sight of the objective, no matter the challenges. The teacher should form an alliance with other professionals and keep abreast of their network as well as many other support systems so that they can stay updated and help the students in the best professional manner there is. Of course, if the situation becomes too much of a challenge then the teacher should always have a willingness to ask for help.
It would truly be an honor to teach again. I value helping and mentoring students into successful, productive citizens.
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