I believe it takes a passion for learning to be a good teacher. If one ever loses the excitement of acquiring new knowledge, they no longer have the instrument to transmit what they know to others. It is my job as a teacher to inspire this same passion in my students. From the time a child enters the world, he/she is learning. It is the responsibility of the parents to first teach their child about the world. Using the concept of discovery, the child will learn to crawl, walk, and then run. As they travel along their path, it is up to the adults in the child’s life to create a journey of discovery that will incite a desire to learn more. As a teacher, it is my job to teach with enthusiasm, motivating students to search, investigate, and experiment. My passion along with my sense of responsibility is the reason I will not be a good teacher, but a great one.
I believe to reach a child you must meet them where they are. Using the knowledge gained from getting to know my students, I will integrate personal interest into my curriculum. Since so many children today have an overwhelming access to technology and a thirst for video games and activities, I plan to assimilate these tools into my lessons whenever possible. I will also seek to understand each child’s learning preference and incorporate those interests into my classroom activities. I am an artist and a spatial learner and I will use what I understand about visual presentation to reach other visual learners. Although I do not play a musical instrument presently, but I do love music and will use it to reach others that learn through music. Methods I have used for teaching during my practicums and internship include dramatic strategies, collaboration, visual presentations, games, etc.
I believe a teacher should always be open to new ways of communicating; both receiving new knowledge and presenting it to students. My passion for learning creates a desire within me to always search and find new information. I love to create and consider teaching another approach to construct something new. I am constantly searching the internet for novel ways to design and then present lessons to my students. I am also a part of a network of teachers who share strategies, lesson plans, activities, etc., via blogs and websites. Since the Common Core Curriculum is being implemented nationwide to standardize our educational system, it is imperative to keep up with new ideas and ways of teaching. Keeping open lines of communication and maintaining a regiment of professional development will help me to execute the new standards with success.
Finally, and most important, I believe that to reach a child you must care for them first. All children need to be loved and supported. This is a basic need that must be met before building a hunger for knowledge. As a teacher, it is my responsibility and desire to provide each one of my students with a sense of self-worth. I want them to understand their value to family, school, and community. I hope to instill in every student that enters my classroom, self-respect and respect for others. In doing this, I pray my students will leave my classroom knowing they are important and vital to everyone around them. I want them to know the only limits they have to being successful are the ones they set themselves. I want them to leave my classroom knowing they mattered to me.
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