In an ideal world, I truly believe that the majority of people involved in education, whether they are a teacher, administrator, coach, counselor, would give something else to care for children. I also think that most educators really try to do the best with what they have, and that they probably feel that their style or philosophy about what they do is the best way to do it. Although I also have my own beliefs about how things should be done and how I ultimately want to do things when I become a teacher, I am aware that my beliefs can be subjective, and I hope to be so flexible to change and developed as a teacher, as my beliefs changed and developed.
As of today, I sincerely believe that there are certain parameters that, regardless of style or philosophy, should be part of every classroom, such as discipline, accountability, tolerance, care and maybe a few others. But the irony for me is that the way I define these things, what they mean to me, and how they are carried out over the years is likely to change, just like other things in life. I think that a good teacher, not only in themselves but also in their students, should be aware of these changes, and that they as a teacher should be versatile enough to adapt to these changes and stay effective.
The reality today is that the learning environment for our children has greatly expanded.
Children learn from TVs., From the internet, from friends, from music and many other things, teachers need to be able to attract their attention for the short time they have, and they learn to learn; Whether they like it or not, and whether they know it or not. And unfortunately, most of today’s children do not respond so well to some of the more traditional teaching styles, and thus their learning may be hampered, regardless of the importance or quality of the information you provide.
I’m in a privileged position as a campus monitor in many ways because I’m a staff member, and now I can see how things work on the side. But as a monitor and coach, I am also very much with the kids and I develop relationships with them that, although they are still professional, they are less formal than traditional relationships between students and teachers tend to be, and I can get a feeling get for when they are really learning, and when they are just getting a degree (or not).
I can also hear from them what they say about teachers, such as who they like, who they pay attention to and who they want to teach.
After looking at it from both sides, and when I think about which teachers I think best, it has nothing to do with man / woman, black / white, older / younger, short / long, coach / science teacher, or anything such. They all have similar qualities in that they care first, they are all willing to be creative and try new things, and they are all aware of discipline and accountability, all with a touch of humility.
To teachers today, it seems to be effective for a long period of time, but it is a huge responsibility because it is an ongoing challenge to learn, develop and adapt to the natural flow and course of life. There is literally no comfort zone where you can see one year or even a few years of growth in a class, and you can determine if you do what you did with last year’s 8th graders, next year’s 8th will the same way of reacting. There is a constant challenge to gaining knowledge, and knowledge itself becomes more and more subjective every day, making the challenge even more difficult.
Not to mention that the most important knowledge for one person means nothing to the other. The child who is hungry every day and has to fight to eat, or to have clothes, or for love, may not care about the square root of nine, or who shot in the Battle of Gettysburg.
For me, there has to be some connection with this wealth of knowledge that we want to teach these children, and the real lives they live.
The other half of knowledge as a teacher is able to deliver the knowledge to. Their students in a way that their students can hear and absorb. The knowledge itself is to know how to deliver that knowledge effectively and truly make the students absorb and learn.
During my younger years as a student. I always considered myself smart. I always felt like I knew at least a little bit about a lot of things. But I was never a consistent student.