Soren Kierkegaard once said, “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” Although life may be an ever-moving conveyor headed to an eventual end; it is important to look behind us to understand what has happened. Through this understanding, we are then able to better live as we continue on this journey called life. Although not explicitly stated, Mr. Kierkegaard is speaking of the importance of reflection. It is important to reach milestones, look back, and figure out how you conquered the once seemingly impossible. Only through reflection can you then conquer the next mountain, which will surely be even bigger than the last.
However, as I continued reading the story about his hardship, I quickly realized that there is not just one way to be right. While his ways were somewhat antiquated, they were nonetheless effective. I can even identify with Troy?s character as he reminds me of my dad and how protective he was of my sister and I. I would like to believe that we are now better off because of the way he handled us. While I often questioned my dad?s motives, I now understand why he did the certain things he did. Troy?s family will eventually realize that he only wishes the best for them.
It was long since I realized that someone’s education doesn’t always correspond to his or her values, fortitude, or humanity principles, but I was still shocked about how unrecognizably the envy has deformed most of my colleagues at school. “I know many people with a PhD. My husband could also do it, if he wanted. But we rather invested in the new roof,” I heard Mara, and anger in her voice. I really thought that we were friends, and that she would be happy for me.
After indulging into my service learning experience, I can say I have only further deepened my understanding what it is to serve. The pressing thought that have followed me through the semester is “why do I serve?” It has only made me want to serve for more selfless reasons than ever before. After discussing utilitarianism, I was deeply concerned into my own intentions realizing that in fact, sometimes I did go out and serve not for the sole purpose of helping others but to make myself feel good. This idea of selfless service is hard to comprehend because the act of doing in service in itself is predominately good. But the intentions that follow with it can also influence the experience.
I want my students to feel this way, because it is a value that my family and myself think highly of. My teaching philosophy will revolve around work ethic. As I have previously stated, work ethic is a major part of my culture and I believe it builds character. Helping my students with their work ethic and pushing them to succeed will also help teach my students about being reliable and honest. I think that in our world today there are a lot of people who do not value these characteristics anymore.
One of the major influences that pushed me towards a career in teaching is that that I will impact a child’s life in more than one way. As a student’s teacher you are their role model and I feel that I will make a very acceptable role model to most if not all of my students. I have talked to my past teachers about the “role model” topic. Most people find it odd that I do not want to teach higher grades; such as a high school class for instance, just because of the fact that not many males want to teach in the early elementary grades. I feel that as a teacher I will be a father figure to the boys and girls in the classroom that are from single mother... ... middle of paper ... ...duty not to wait for someone else to help change the world, one person at a time.
Self-Reflection and Insight My initial reaction to the icon presentation had me feeling sceptical and slightly anxious. Sharing something that held such significant sentimental value to me and my family was not something I had had the chance to do in any other class over the course of my university career. This pedagogical approach in which the teacher is situated at the front of class, educating other students with no written language, is very powerful. I find that listening to someone share something with you, without notes, and speaking purely from their heart, is one of the most powerful ways to receive, understand and process information, but more importantly, learn. As I prepared for my presentation, I found it difficult to decide on what information I felt comfortable sharing with the class.
At the beginning of the semester my outlook on this course was not so good. I was not looking forward to giving speeches or learning things that seemed like common sense, but as time went on I could tell that I was actually taking things away from it. I have learned that I am not so good at coming up with things to say under pressure and I get extremely nervous when I have to talk in front of people that I don’t know well. Oh wait, I already knew those things. This class has motivated me to strengthen my social skills and has also taught me how to effectively work in a team environment through the team communication consultant project.
These days there is a controversial issue on how much other people should ‘help’ you in writing personal statement while applying to college. Some of my friends insist that since it is a ‘personal statement’, it is to be done solely on a student’s own. However, I view this matter in the other way. Personally I see that unless a writing personal statement service is involved, getting a help from teacher and parents is still not considered cheating. I see that first-time statement writer should be closely guided and given proper advice from a tutor or teacher who has some experience in deal with this stuff, so an excellent statement could be written.
The Last Lecture and The Giver Comparison Paul Bilbrey King University Two characters that share similarities are Randy Pausch in The Last Lecture and The Giver in The Giver. Both men took an active role in passing on important knowledge to other people. They were very wise in that they could see the potential in others long before those individuals could see it in themselves. There was also a strong devotion to vocation with both of them. Ultimately, Pausch and The Giver knew that their time was limited so they needed to ready their successors.