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My Journey of One

Journey of teaching throughout the 2010 spring semster.

Pryscilla Lee

on 29 April 2010

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B Pryscilla Lee
Journey of One
Due: 4-29-2010
I first thought about becoming a teacher in the 7th grade, hmmmmm...2000!
Double click anywhere & add an idea I am dedicated to this profession. I want to be a inspiration to all of my
students. YES...i will continue my journey to teach!

As a new transfer to NC State and the teaching pathway, I was escatic about my first
teaching course. I knew this class would make concrete my wanting to teach or send
me running back to the marketing world. I was more interested in learning ways to
be received positively by each student, and less about tactics to make a successful
lesson plan. As the weeks progressed and we learned about Lead & Serve, and read numerous
articles on classroom situations, my mental transformation from student to a teacher
begin to occur. The soractic circle was the lesson I enjoyed the most! Upon
completion of the circle in class, I knew this would be a method I use often in my
own classroom. During the semster progression, I begin to feel burdened with the
weekly assignments and different assignments in class. Without moddle, I would have
been completely lost regarding due dates and instructions. With this in mind, I
think I will layout my semesters work as well. Students will have a good idea of
what will be expected from them during the semester, and no excuses can be made for
missing assignments or confusing due dates. As the class concludes, there are a few ideas and concepts I will take with me into
my teaching career. Multiple intelligences and the Fat City video will definetly
stick with me. Knowing that all students learn differently and wanting to give each
student an equal opportunity, I will promise to incorporate various learning
techniques when possible. I will also take into consideration the learning
disabilities students may face, and be dedicated to the progression of every student
no matter the situation. Observing Mr. Harrington at Athens Drive has given me a
great sense of what a teacher's job entails daily. More importantly, my individual
talks with Harrington have given me insight on the hardships, fun, and dedication it
takes to be a great teacher not only in the classroom, but in the school environment
as a whole. My paradigm for teaching has not shifted dramatically throughout the semster.
However, I do have a better outlook on the skills it will take to be a great
teacher. Patient, and dedication to each student is key. I must be able to observe
what works in the classroom and the lessons that seem to hinder my students. The
lesson plan activity gave me a realistic glimpse of the hours of planning it will
take to get each lesson across! During this course, my respect for teaching as a
profession has increased.
By Mallory Simon

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Eleven-year-old Jaheem Herrera woke up on April 16 acting strangely. He wasn't hungry and he didn't want to go to school.

Jaheem Herrera's mother thinks he hanged himself because he was perpetually bullied at school.

1 of 3 But the outgoing fifth grader packed his bag and went to school at Dunaire Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia.

He came home much happier than when he left in the morning, smiling as he handed his mother, Masika Bermudez, a glowing report card full of A's and B's. She gave him a high-five and he went upstairs to his room as she prepared dinner.

A little later, when his younger sister called him to come down to eat, Jaheem didn't answer.

So mother and daughter climbed the stairs to Jaheem's room and opened the door.

Jaheem was hanging by his belt in the closet.

"I always used to see these things on TV, dead people on the news," says Bermudez. "I saw somebody die and to see this dead person is your son, hanging there, a young boy. ... To hang yourself like that, you've got to really be tired of something."

Bermudez says bullies at school pushed Jaheem over the edge. He complained about being called gay, ugly and "the virgin" because he was from the Virgin Islands, she said.

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"He used to say Mom they keep telling me this ... this gay word, this gay, gay, gay. I'm tired of hearing it, they're telling me the same thing over and over," she told CNN, as she wiped away tears from her face.

But while she says her son complained about the bullying, she had no idea how bad it had gotten.

"He told me, but he just got to the point where he didn't want me to get involved anymore because nothing was done," she said.

Bermudez said she complained to the school about bullying seven or eight times, but it wasn't enough to save him.

"It [apparently] just got worse and worse and worse until Thursday," she said. "Just to walk up to that room and see your baby hanging there. My daughter saw this, my baby saw this, my kids are traumatized."

She said Jaheem was a shy boy just trying to get a good education and make friends.
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"
We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children. ~John Sculley A successful teacher is effective. In order to achieve this
effectiveness, teachers must apply several components in each classroom. An
effective teacher must be organized, apply various learning styles, and ensure
classroom comfort for all. Using these methods will assure teachers can clearly
disperse knowledge in a setting where students have an equal opportunity to learn
each lesson. As a teacher I must first be organized in my day to day lessons. Middle
schoolers will bring their daily pressures, stresses, and changes to the classroom.
Having well thoughtout, structured lesson plans will bring ease to instructing
students in such a bussling enivornment. In Linda Persteins' Not Much Just Chillin,
the never ending soap-opera that is middle school life is shown. Remaining
organized will now only ensure teacher success, but serve as an example for students
overwhelmed with classroom assignments and extraculliar activities. Once students
realize the ease they are experiencing in a classroom due to organization by the
teacher, they are likely to organize themselves outside of the class to achieve this
success in other venues. Multiple intelligence play the key role in how
knowledge is gained. Serving various intelligences in a classroom can be difficult
but all must be used to ensure an equal opportunity to learn. Intelligences vary
including linguistic, logical, spatial, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal,
naturalistic, and bodily. It would be extremely difficult to teach one lesson
eight ways during each classroom setting. However it is important for teachers to
use a few differnt concepts daily to teach students not linguistic or interpersonal
learners. Teachers should allow time for movement, provide indivdual tasks, give
step by step instructions, and plan creative activities to name a few. Using such
methods and considering multiple intelligences while planning will make lessons
learnable for the entire class. I will ensure that each student my class in
comfortable, making it easy for learning to take place. I will not allow bullying
at any measure to occur. Those students who choose to tear down other students will
face consquences at anytime I witness or hear about such. As the years progress, I
hope to gain knowledge of methods of teaching that work for various student types so
that I can ensure 100% progression amongst my students. They will all know what is
expected and I will do my best to be a great teacher and mentor!
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