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Journey of One

My journey
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Lauren Williams

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of Journey of One

My journey in education
Lauren williams
Fall 2006-april 29, 2010 My journey to teaching started by taking a teacher cadets program in high school, and i realized how much i enjoyed it... this class has helped to reinforce and reintroduce a lot of things that i learned in high school... At the beginning of this class i thought that it was going to be an awesome class that would excite me even more about teaching. One of the things from the beginning of the class that i still think about all the time is alfie kohn's "unconditional teaching", that article really hit me on a bunch of different levels. I think that unconditional is the perfect word to describe how teachers should be in the classroom... Halfway through the class i was still feeling very excited about all that we were learning. I finally was starting to see things from a teacher's point of view rather than a students. I began to get frusturated with the delays of our observation assignments, but it further made the point that as teachers, not everything always goes how we planned it..... Now at the end of the class, i feel i have learned so much and have realized a lot not only about teaching, but kids and students. I feel like a lot of the things i hated about high school were addressed in this class. It is awesome to see that the world of teaching is rapidly changning and answering the hard questions and dealing with the tough problems. I feel like teachers make such an impact in kids lives and I think this class appropriately showed us what it means and what it is to teach. so......to teach? or not to teach? My philosophy of teaching would have to relate very much to Alfie Kohn’s. I think teaching should be something done with passion, structure, and unconditional acceptance. Teachers should be able to fully interest and engage their students, it is their responsibility. Teaching is something that must be done without bias. One of the most important qualities of an educator is the ability to see all students equally, and to treat them as equals. It can be hard and I’m sure impossible at times, but when students feel equal and accepted, more learning can take place, and it will be in a better environment. I think it is critical to gain the trust and respect of your students so that you have control and structure in your classroom. Part of being a successful teacher comes from having that classroom structure and your students’ respect. By having a daily routine or schedule of how the class works, the student’s know what is expected, and it provides a solid foundation for the energy of the classroom. More than anything else, I think teachers need to remember that we cannot be perfect, but if we do the best we can for the students, and if we love it, then at then end of the day you have done a good thing. My paradigm has shifted because when i started this class i always had sort of thought about how teachers see things, but i had never put myself in those shoes. This class allowed me to shift my way of thinking so that i understand what teachers feel and what they go through on a daily basis. From the most minor inconvenience to major problems, teachers deal with so much more than we think as students "Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater." ~Gail Godwin "Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions." ~Author Unknown “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”
John F. Kennedy To teach? Oh yeah
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