Above all, I believe that education equals opportunity. Our classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse, with students from all classes, religions, family situations, and lifestyles. However, regardless of background, education gives each of these students the opportunity to do what they want to do.
In order to help students do something more with their education, I believe it is my job to help them reach their fullest potential. Each student has a desire to learn, but have different ways of learning and different interests. It is my job to tap in and utilize those ways of learning, and incorporating those same interests. I believe this fosters confidence, individuality, and creativity among students. While immediate progress is not always seen, each year the progress made by students from the beginning of the year to the end is substantial and rewarding. In recognizing, encouraging, and respecting individual needs of students, I believe that they will each reach their full potential.
I believe that the school system is a place to promote the well being of the students, both mentally and physically. One way to ensure this environment is for teachers to be role models in not just the school, but also the community. Students should feel safe and respected in the classroom community. I feel that it is important to give opportunities for practice before evaluation to ease nerves, therefore getting better quality results that the students are proud of. I believe it is beneficial and important to use the strengths of my students to help them grow, and in turn to help their peers grow. One example is to partner stronger students with the weaker, resulting in more practice as well as a challenge.
I believe that children are the future. To be a teacher is to share knowledge and provide guidance to help students become lifelong learners. A major part of learning in our world today is technology. I think that it is important to broaden horizons with tools such as Skype and work at your own pace web spaces. Ipads allow for numerous ways of learning and presenting. Technological integration, hands-on learning, and experiential learning allow students to become competent in all areas. Allowing students to not just reflect, but also to respond is key in developing critical thinkers. Showing children how to become responsible for themselves as well as their own learning is something I think is important to begin a student’s educational journey with.
I believe in focusing on students’ areas of interest and relativity. By mixing teaching strategies and giving choices in representations, I think that students can be creative, therefore becoming more engaged in their own learning. In order to take ownership of their learning, I think that peer and self-assessments increase student’s awareness and responsibility of/for their own learning. I think that teaching should be flexible and continuously improved. Each group of students will be different and will have to be treated accordingly.
Finally, I believe that every student can achieve excellence when given the opportunity. I think that demanding high quality work from students and insisting on success is crucial. A teacher’s job is to bring out that excellence in any possible way we can.