World University (Biology)
Being a versatile educator with over 20 years of teaching experience, I have taken the opportunity to instruct a wide variety of students from various backgrounds and all facets of society. As a result, I am a compassionate teacher, who remains sensitive to children's unique needs, employs effective listening, provides individual and whole group support, integrates multicultural teaching units, and offers positive encouragement and reinforcement to keep students focused and motivated.
One of the most effective ways that I assist Spanish learning students is by developing and presenting comprehensible and stimulating lesson plans that facilitate all learning styles. I research, locate, and incorporate a variety of resources to accommodate students via visual, audio, tactile, and kinesthetic methods. In addition, I integrate literature, writing, workshop, phonic activities, and technology to ensure that each child is able to comprehend and retain the concepts and language. My goal is to foster and maintain an open, honest, communicative, and supportive classroom, in which each student feels safe, secure, special, and appropriately challenged.
I would enjoy the opportunity to meet with you personally in order to discuss how my diverse skills and experience will enable me to make a valuable contribution to your school. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Being a versatile educator with over 20 years of teaching experience, I have taken the opportunity to instruct a wide variety of students from various backgrounds and all facets of society. As a result, I am a compassionate teacher, who remains sensitive to children's unique needs, employs effective listening, provides individual and whole group
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When ones makes a decision about the work (he or she) will do on in life, it is important that the decision be based on criteria that reflect his vocation, personal values,temperaments, experiences, and skills. My choice of education as a career was not made lightly; rather, it was the combination of “born teacher”, life circumstance, and the reflection about what I wanted to do with my life and my education.
During the course of being a student in middle, and high school, as well as in college, I found myself paying attention to not only what was being taught, but also to know how my teachers actually taught the lessons. I saw that the great teachers were good communicators who had command of the subject-matter content, developed strong curriculums with the knowledge to support it, were patient, were always fair, set high expectations, respect intellectual diversity inside and outside the classroom, used humor appropriated, knew how to be independent thinkers, and how to motivate students.
As I reflect upon my academic career, it is clear that my pedagogical stance has been greatly influenced by my teachers. It is with this in mind that I turn to my own teaching.
I wanted to be like them, but after several years teaching Spanish in several schools, I still learn how to be a good teacher. I believe that there is no one formula for teaching that fits all situations for all students. In fact, my teaching style and techniques are in a permanent evolution as I learn through experienced teachers, and the most important, how the students learn.
Familiarity with students is crucial for me to develop good classroom atmosphere, that is conducive to learning and encourages dialogues. In my classes students often work in groups or with a partner in order to focus on communicative rather than a teacher-centered approach, thereby making room to address different learning styles. I think that students can develop independent thinkers when they are exposed to different ways of learning the materials. In my Spanish class the students use Spanish newspapers articles, book and exercises, videos, learning pictures, projector, as well as the world wide web and other electronic resources. Every single Spanish class is aimed to develop the four language skills in the Listening and talking activities involves students practicing the new vocabulary in a controlled way, guide always by the teacher. Once the students have mastered the new vocabulary and can use it completely, it is time to begin freer practice with other students; then, through several comprehensive exercises the students will develop reading and writing skills. At this point students will transfer listening and talking skills to reading and writing skills or vice-versa. Every lesson will provide access to grammar, vocabulary tutorials and the existing comprehension exercises. In addition, technology will help to integrate every lesson, allowing students to experiment the new culture. For example, when students are introduced to study Venezuela, they read and share different aspects of this country in the classroom, but, when day visit this country online, technology will contribute to them in assisting and enhancing reading and writing language skills. Also, they will gain appreciation for the new language and its culture, allowing this to come up with their own questions. Teaching is a learning process. I learn to be flexible in my methodology and approach. This helps me to deal with unusual students and learning strategies, and to communicate better every time. However, from the very first day of class, I set specific and clear standards, with a very detailed and clear syllabus. To give two examples: 1) Attending to class regularly to earn participation points. 2) Indication on how they will be graded. In addition, I take the time to explain to students why specific standards are in place. By placing my standards in writing and explaining the reasons behind them, uniformity and legitimacy are added to the class from the first day of class. Also, students are urged to participate in class in different ways. Every student, for example, is asked to give a class two presentations completely in Spanish language. This experience, often rebounded by students, has proved to be beneficial, not only as a learning effort, but also as an activity which enhances the students self confidence. Also, help them to use Spanish language far beyond the scope of class.
In conclusion, when I teach Spanish what is one of my most important resources is to listening and understanding my students. My aim is to exceed their expectations. I always lead and motivate my students as my teacher did for me. My motivation is their satisfaction. I believe that teachers never stop learning, specially when you learn from yourself. To do all these I must set high standards for students and myself.