University of Phoenix Online (Master's)
Liberty University Online (MEd)
My interest in teaching began about six years ago when I was asked to be a vocational teacher for eleventh and twelfth-graders who are attending an alternative school in downtown Cleveland. After, witnessing the challenges that these students were having first hand I felt that I had an obligation to do my part to help in this area of behavioral and moral challenges among young people. After awhile I signed up for school once again (after completing my Masters of Science degree in Criminal Justice) to earn my MAT degree in Special Education. I chose this group because they are the group that most people do not want to teach thereby possibly creating a serious domino effect in our society. That effect being that when children are not cared for and when they already have insecurity problems because of their disability, the family, community, and the criminal justice system all begin to suffer. So, this is the reason that I began teaching.
I am a new teacher and I have to hone my skills as a teacher/tutor. However, my methods of teaching are to first assess the child through my own methodology, which will be to develop a trusting relationship with the child. I believe that once the child knows that you really care and that you are capable of managing their problem they will automatically open up to you and this will be a major percentage of the battle won. Then I will access the child to see what their strengths and weaknesses are. This will be through formal or/and informal testing. I will also take instruction from what the current teacher has about the child. I will access the child to see what his or her learning style is. I have found that when academics are connected real world situations it makes the learning more relevant and even more exciting. It does not have to be applied after the fact the lessons can be applied at the time of instruction. I will find elements in the community where he will be able to access resources on his or her own so that he will learn how to take ownership of his or her education. He will develop an interest in reading because we will find out what interest him and center the learning around that what his or her interest are. Once a child learns to read the world opens up to them. My interest in teaching began about six years ago when I was asked to be a vocational teacher for eleventh and twelfth-graders who are attending an alternative school in downtown Cleveland. After, witnessing the challenges that these students were having first hand I felt that I had an obligation to do my part to help in this area of behavioral
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