I struggled academically in elementary and secondary school. I left my high school of 150 graduates and went to Texas Tech armed with a lack of confidence and essential knowledge and skills. Consequently, I found myself on scholastic probation for two semesters and my third semester was a disaster. I married, had two children and enrolled at UNT; determined to be successful. The classroom climate was just as I had remembered. Multiple intelligence and personality assessment was not the topic de jour in education. The curriculum was still being taught by authoritarian teachers in the obligatory manner it had been for generations. During those years, I discovered I didn’t receive or retain information the way it was presented in school. Through trial and error, I found my way of learning. Furthermore, I realized the teacher’s enthusiasm and ability to make the lesson relevant in my life made it easier for me to pay attention. These and other experiences influenced my teaching style and later my passion for working with at-risk students and diverse classrooms.
I have always been sensitive to the physical and emotional well-being of others. In like manner, I empathize with the environmental and social pressures of teenagers today. Each student has individual differences and experiences which may have a positive or negative effect on their success at school. Teachers who provide a safe environment and establish relevance in the content to be mastered will motivate students to succeed. Praise for participation, individual contributions, and progress sustains their motivation. Humor is also a key factor in keeping them engaged.
Discipline problems rarely occur in a classroom where the rules are clearly stated, and learning lan...
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...d strengths increased their self-confidence and interviewing skills. My program was implemented across four disciplines at Venture High School in Arlington ISD.
I retired from teaching in 2011. The responsibility of taking care of the physical and emotional needs of a family member required me to take all of my personal leave. I was concerned it could have a negative impact on my student’s progress. The situation is no longer an issue and I would like to return to teaching and continue doing what I love.
Throughout the years, I received many notes and heartfelt thanks from my students. These continuously fed my motivation and passion for teaching. I run into my students from time to time and I never miss an opportunity to encourage them or praise their successes.
es of these are:collaborative learning, graphic organizers, technology, tiered lessons, and role-play.
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