An Effective Urban Educator: My Future in Education

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There are many things that can define an effective urban educator. Some of these are dependent on the school setting, some on the home setting, some on the community setting, and others still from different elements of a child’s life. I’ve decided to look at limitations that schools place on teachers, an aspect of multicultural education in the classroom, an aspect of cultural background in the community and school population, and parental involvement in students’ education. A characteristic of an effective urban teacher is the ability to face and challenge the bureaucracy. In my fieldwork, for example, the elementary teacher is given a schedule with specific times for each subject. If this schedule must be adhered to, there could be time used inefficiently if the lesson is completed early. An example could be two math lessons: a review of previously taught concepts and new division. A review of previous material would almost certainly take less time than a full period in the given schedule, depending on the items covered. If they finish ten minutes early, then they are supposed to fill in with other non-curricular activities until reading starts. Contrastingly, in the division example, it would almost certainly take more than a single period to teach division for the first time. Even if they are in the middle of a key concept, they must stop to move on to reading. My teacher has defied that schedule and compensated for the lost time in division by adding on reading time when a math lesson doesn’t take the full time allotted. In this way, she is standing up to the bureaucracy and red tape for the benefit of the students’ learning and is also mostly adhering to the schedule laid out for her, hopefully avoiding trouble with the adm... ... middle of paper ... ...dents will have parents who care to some extent; again, if there are even a couple whose parents care, I can focus more of my energies on helping the students. This challenged my views because I am used to parents actually caring about students’ wellbeing; the thought of not caring is horrifying to me, as it will negatively impact the rest of the student’s academic career. In conclusion, this class, so far, has proved invaluable for adjusting my beliefs about teaching, and will serve to make me a better educator in my future. I have not gone into every topic about which I’ve learned something, but I hope this gives some indication of what I’ve taken away so far this semester. My fieldwork also has been instrumental in cementing my desire to teach. I’ve learned that it really does take a village to raise a child, at least in terms of well-rounded academic standing.
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