I think that an important function of education is training students to succeed in modern society and in real life, whether it’s college, a trade school or job, career or desk job. An important part of learning is personal and social development. Helping students become better people and helping them work together better.
I believe students learn best when they 1) feel comfortable and safe, 2) feel like what they have to say matters, 3) know why or how what they are learning is important/matters and 4) there’s a good student-teacher relationship.
Students should feel loved, respected, welcome, encouraged, engaged to learn, happy, comfortable and safe in my classroom. An environment that provides positivity, a welcoming atmosphere, encouragment, safety, love and comfort is vital to successful student learning and effective teaching.
As a teacher, I will work with my students through each lesson and project, engaging the students in the subject and involve them in important class decision making to better the learning experience for all students.
I believe an effective teacher exhibits many qualities. For example: teachers that are courteous, respectful, welcoming and understanding of their students and who are flexible to the fit the needs and learning styles of students. As a teacher I will develop these qualities in myself by working with each and every student as much as possible to develop such a learning positive learning environment. It’s not enough if I or the students feel good about learning and being there, it’s a joint effort.
The curriculum of any classroom should include multiple viewpoints on any given subject, not just the school’s or the textbook’s. It should also include ways for all learners to benefit and thrive with their different learning styles. Students must learn, not to just pass a test or get a passing grade, but to understand the way the world around them works better, and how to be better people.
As a teacher, I must not only teach them the standards, but also how to work as a community, as individuals. How the world actually views things, not just a textbook, or seventh grade ‘fantasy’ that the education system tries to drown students in. They should become better people afterwards.
Teachers must develop students in a variety of ways because everyone learns, interacts and functions differently. A major problem that some schools have is that they try and make their students sheep or ants. Mindess, blank robots that just follow one set path laid by the education system.
A teacher must work hand-in-hand with the community because when they students leave the classroom, they are out there, trying to survive with what they know. Since a teacher can only teach a student so much, the community is mostly responsible for teaching children how to actually function in society.
My goal as a teacher is to not only teach students about the history of the world, but also to teach students how to be individuals. To help them find themselves. Because, isn’t that the schools pay us in the first place? Isn’t that what we’re here for?