Although I was thankful for my preclinical experience at this high school, I did not truly understand what it took to succeed in the teaching profession until I did my third observation at Naperville North High School. I had the opportunity to work with a fantastic teacher who incorporated many different teaching strategies into her classroom. Her positive attitude towards teaching and her relationship with the students was inspiring. I realized that a teacher must approach every day with an open mind, and provide a safe environment for the student in which they can learn and express their thoughts, opinions, and values. I was also given an inside look at how a high school operates.
I hope they feel they can come to me when they need help with not just a school problem, but a problem in their personal life or when they just need some to listen. I hope I can model the same teacher characteristics to my students as I felt she showed me. She was caring, warm, and very interested in her students’ total well-being. Mrs. Schuette was the teacher who made me want to become a teacher. She showed me how much of a difference I could make in my students’ lives.
It is extremely important that the relationship build is one that invites learning and makes the children feel at ease with their educator. This is why it is important to be what many refer to as a good teacher; or as I most recently learned as being an "intentional teacher". As most of us can remember a moment in our schooling years we might have had a favorite teacher. This teacher understood your learning style; she was fun and made you feel like coming to school every day. Well thankful to her good teaching skills or her intentional teaching she build up a positive relationship with you that was based on good communication, mutual respect and support.
Reflecting on my past experiences in school, I know of a few teachers who leave legacies in students’ lives and at the school he or she taught at. When I am asked why I want to become a teacher, the response that comes the quickest is that it is my calling. I have wanted to be a teacher since I could remember, for numerous reasons. Being and working with children will influence me positively. Children are a great reminder on how refreshing an innocent life can be.
My Philosophy of Education Several experiences have influenced my philosophy of education. Some of these experiences have been good, others have not, but they have all proved invaluable in shaping my methods of teaching. As a non-traditional student, I have learned many lessons since being out in the “real world” that have changed my opinions about learning and teaching. I believe in Social Reconstructionism, Progressivism, and discipline in the classroom. I desire to become a high school teacher because I feel that students at this age needs a positive role model and someone they can speak to without talking down to them.
To develop a positive relationship with the students I will be compassionate, respectful, thoughtful, and welcoming to every student in my classroom. Every day I will greet my students at the classroom door welcoming them to bran new day. I believe in this small daily effort because it will help set the foundation for my students and I to create a positive relationship. I will have a morning routine of sharing “good things” this will be time we set aside every morning to ... ... middle of paper ... ...re for any changes. At the end of each school day my students will clean their classroom so they learn to take reasonability for messes they created, this will also allow us to start off on a good note the next day.
Furthermore, the school is considered to be the first open community in the children’s lives, and their teachers are acting to be good role models for respecting the dignity and integrity of children (What educators can do, 2005) . For instance, we can show them how we respect their interests and active participation in our daily practice. This will reflect positively in... ... middle of paper ... ...g mechanisms. When you guide children toward understanding their rights, it's important that you help build and maintain respect for their parents. 2.
4. The teacher candidate describes how his/her demeanor, actions, and reactions affect the classroom climate and individual students. During the first lesson my teacher candidates and I received some feedback from our teacher telling us to “remember to smile because they are so happy to have you here.” This statement really affected me and made me reevaluate myself. I had been so focused on the lesson and making sure that they activities and presentations were perfect, that I almost forgot about how important it was to have positive interactions with the students. We made sure to create a positive learning environment and focus even more on our demeanors and reactions in the second lesson.
My former kids from my past job at the day care loved when I was running the summer program because I stayed connected with them and interacted a lot with my class. I realized that teachers that have stable and healthy relationships with their students are the most successful where students tend to be proud of ... ... middle of paper ... ... the curriculum, I would prefer teachings on everyday matter that students might need for future experiences. For example, I would love it when professors or teachers would throw in a story from their own personal experience relating to the subject matter. Not only does it make the class fun and more interesting, but also makes you think as a student that this teacher is reliable and they know what they are articulating. I think that teaching and learning becomes a reciprocal development between the student, and the teacher therefore must form a partnership.
Teachers find it helpful that they are able to finish their lesson plans on time and that they can answer students’ questions as well. In conclusion, block scheduling is the new and improved way to keep students passing all of their classes. In my opinion, the Aldine Independent School District has made a great choice to switch from regular scheduling to block scheduling. It is evidently best for both students and for teachers.