Veteran Teacher in Camden
Veteran Teacher in Camden
As veteran, certified teacher for the past eleven years with a MEd degree, I know what it means to form bonds with students and share in the joys of their accomplishments. Teaching in Camden has given me the opportunity to see depth within students that may never have been tapped into before. Unfortunately, Camden does not tend to receive much positive media coverage. Whenever possible, I try to show friends and family pieces of student writing and/or art- and then watch their preconceived notions about Camden dissolve. As can be seen from the previous sentence- I love to break through the darkness of stereotypes by kindling a light of reality.
What really makes the tutoring side of teaching special is the ability to take classroom teaching skills- and then concentrate them on one or two students at a time. This can be likened to an academic magnifying glass concentrating positive energy onto one spot and creating a fire that glows from the heart and soul of that student or students. This gives me my ultimate opportunity to put my training and experience to work and see the difference I am making- more than classroom teaching. At the risk of sounding selfish- I feel the greatest pleasure as a teacher seeing my students grow, achieve, and live up to and beyond expectations. Far more than money- that is what I consider the way I as a teacher truly "get paid".
One thing I can offer to any student is content knowledge. I do not simply teach social studies and history- I live it. At home I have a vast library of books- many well worn from use. Oftentimes, I practice teaching my lessons with my wife and children. This helps me to sharpen my skills- so that I can revise and sharpen my intended lessons. This also helps me to know what research is necessary to make a good lesson into a great one.
When students learn with Mr. M, they are dealing with a deep, and principled teacher who sincerely cares about each of them. One thing that teaching in Camden, NJ has taught me that students can sense a fraud or fake- within minutes. Conversely, when students see someone who is for real- then those students will want to work and give back their own sincerity to to the teacher. This happened when I taught ninth grade when my wife was having our first child. Although this class had been challenging to teach- they gave my wife and I a gift to celebrate the birth of our first child. I was concerned that it was mid school year and I wondered if my students were learning. Was I making a difference? As a consultant in the school told me- the students' gift was their sign that they were learning and that I needed to have more self confidence. Now, many years later- many students shake my hand and thank me. I can only hope to grow both as a teacher and a parent. That is my hope and my dream.
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