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Northern Arizona University (Environmental Scienc)
University of North Carolina Charlotte (MEd)
In my vision of education, successful teaching and successful learning merge. I believe that successful teaching comes from passion, knowledge, and reflection. Successful learning comes from established policies in the classroom that promote responsibility, self-discovery, and critical thinking. They join when a teacher uses passion knowledge and reflection to establish policies that lead students to responsibility, self-discovery, and critical thinking.
After fifteen years as a teacher of science, I have come to understand that my influence over my students has enormous implications that flow from my classroom into their individual lives. I have watched the child struggle with the first science fair project then grow to the state winner. I have seen that youngster leave me to attend the state supported school of math and science where he/she brought home national recognition, and I know that part of what I have taught has helped to create a scientist who shares my passion, sees beyond my knowledge, and realizes the importance of self-evaluation.
I believe that teachers should provide safe learning environments for their students, places that offer warmth and mutual respect. I think of this sort of space as the “ark”. It is the place where a child feels safe to think critically and creatively. It is the classroom that welcomes risk takers. I think the architect of this environment understands that children need to be able to move freely, speak openly, and share responsibility. I believe in active learning where students create, experiment, question, and discuss.
I believe that teachers need to act as guides, coaches, and models. In our ever moving world, the science teacher, especially, must provide students with a true course through the vast information available. Teachers have to be daily learners who experience, first hand, the information shifts. They must judge, recreate, and represent the information openly and systematically while evaluating worth and importance of the information for students. Teachers need to be coaches who continually support, encourage and motivate. They need to be models to ensure students realize the importance of education as well as the fact that that education is the best way of becoming an effective citizenry, a people who value the love of learning.
Students deserve teachers who recognize that learning occurs in many ways. I am certain that an effective teacher is a teacher who will find a way to reach his or her students by trying various methods and incorporating all learning styles. This same teacher will understand that the progress of a student needs to be evaluated with the diversity of the student in mind. Evaluation should be tempered by more factors not less. Students need to master more than concepts. They must learn skills that help them become better learners; communication skills, thinking skills, problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, and study skills.
Students need teachers who believe in them and encourage them to set goals. I am certain that students thrive when they are encouraged to set goals that continually make them strive to work harder and reach higher. I am just as certain that teachers can teach students to set high, realistic, and achievable goals. Classrooms should be structured for success so that goals are achievable, but teachers understand that students should be encouraged to overachieve—“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp…” wrote Robert Browning in a very wise observation. I want my students to reach for the stars.
In my vision of education, I am very aware that teaching is a work in progress. Teachers are professionals, and as such, they need to stay current with updated methods and research in education. They should seek out professional development opportunities, join professional organizations, and read professional journals. Most importantly, teachers need to reflect on their practice. They need to realize the significance of change, flexibility, and growth. For myself, teaching is inspiring students, contributing to their intellectual growth. Teaching is modeling a lifelong love of learning.
In my vision of education, successful teaching and successful learning merge. I believe that successful teaching comes from passion, knowledge, and reflection. Successful learning comes from established policies in the classroom that promote responsibility, self-discovery, and critical thinking. They join when a teacher uses passion knowledge and
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I have taught 4th grade for 2 years, 5th grade for 11 years, and 6th grade for 13 years. My Master's degree is in education, specifically gifted education, which focused on methods of teaching students. I am familiar with many methods of teaching and with the Common Core and NGSS.
I have been a teacher for 15 years. I have taught courses in study skills, including AVID. Additionally, the Master's program I completed taught me how to incorporate study skills into daily classroom experiences. I have focused not only on teaching students how they learn best but on organization, note taking methods, test preparation, and much more.