The attitude of Kaydian Barrett was not the most desirable in her childhood and adolescent years. She was an individual who always seemed to find herself in mischief and the words that came out of her mouth allowed her to make frequent visits to those in higher authority. Ms. Barrett had a reputation that would cause people to keep their distance from her. However, their was a hand full of teachers that would keep very close to her, whether she liked it or not, and one of them was her band teacher.
In band she had a difficult time listening to dear, old Mr. Hankle because he was someone who she could not faze and whatever smart remark she had, he came back with a quick response whether it be verbal or gestural. Her initial impressions of his replies were unfavorable but as time went on, a relationship started to build, and Kaydian regarded him as one of her favorite educators. In one of her many lessons, Mr. Hankle was harping on about practicing and how she needed to keep practicing and never stop. She responded by saying, “Practicing is a chore” and complained about how much she disliked practicing. After she ranted, he said, “You make it a chore”.
Those words did not resonate until later in her undergrad when she had professors like Jim Saltzman. Professor Saltzman had a similar temperament and personality to Mr. Hankle. In this case, the relationship did not have a rocky beginning like with Mr. Hankle. Kaydian had the highest respect for this professor because of the way Professor Saltzman reminded her of him. Especially when he used the same words Mr. Hankle said to her a few years back: “You make it a chore”. It began to make sense to her that she would have to make some changes as well as find ways to...
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...y are individuals who did not give up on anyone who are as difficult as me when the content was not easily grasped. I applied the same attitude to my students and did not push them to the side because they were not excelling at the pace I wanted them to. Each student has his or her strengths and weaknesses as well as different ways of grasping the material. I have been in many positions where I have had to teach material, but I was also taught many things. Over the years I have learned to adapt to many situations that come up in a learning environment. I want to continue to learn and create opportunities to transform lives. I will bring what I have learned from volunteering and working in both urban and suburban environments to the M.A.T. program and use the information in the course to adapt to my current teaching styles to become a better educator for my students.
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