We often ask ourselves what being educated actually signifies. In my opinion, an educated person is one who is capable to adapt and resolve to any situation that life throws at them.
I have always strongly believed that teachers play an important role in the development of their students. For starters, I believe teachers should always have the best interests of their students and community at heart in their classroom, from conducting a lecture to one-on-one sessions with students struggling with a concept. Learning should be something that is personal to one’s self as everybody learns differently. Over the course of my field experiences, I have noticed that one of the struggles today’s classrooms face is that they minimize the importance of creativity and critical thinking. Education should not be black or white; it is all those shades of grey in between. As stated by Parkay et al. (2014), “there is no universally accepted definition of good teaching or learning” (p. 51). With all the concepts and tools that educators possess, it is our goal to make sense of this grey zone. Instead of imposing a specific way of teaching/learning to students, educators should focus on what they can do to develop new ways of teaching their courses’ material.
In my upcoming career, I may be faced with limitations that will impede me from reaching my true teaching goal. It will be my duty to make the most out of the resources that are available to me in giving all students an equal opportunity at reaching their full potential. Furthermore, I strongly believe that knowledge is communally built. Reciprocal teaching is a method I cherish as it creates this sense of community, trust, and care within the classroom.
Change is ongoing in our society today and so should the way we approach teaching. Teachers must be prepared to adapt their philosophy and methods in order to match the growing needs of every child. I believe teachers and students should learn off each other in an environment where both could exchange and share. By incorporating my student’s interests into learning activities and lessons, I will be able to create strong bonds of trust that will help me when I need to intervene in difficult situations. I will strive on creating a strong sense of community in my classroom in which I exercise “authority, show warmth and support, encourage competitiveness or cooperation, and allow for independent judgment and choice” (Parkay et al., 203).
– DISCLAIMER: This belief is not final and will continually be kept up-to-date. –
- Parkay, F.W., Hardcastle-Stanford, B., Vaillancourt, J.C., Stephens, H.C., Harris, J.R. (2012), Becoming a Teacher (4th Edition), Toronto, ON: Pearson.