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MY Journey of One

"To teach or not to teach, that is the question"
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Dena Aboushadi

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of MY Journey of One

Dena Aboushadi's
Journey Of One
Began Journey:
August of 2009
Today's Date:
April 29, 2010
A Reflection:
January 27, 2010
Today, I found out that thus far my teaching philosophy
leans more towards progressivism. In ECI 102,
Mrs. Brocious had me take The Educational Philosophy
Test and this allowed me to really understand my ways of
teaching as well as learning in the classroom.


"To Teach or not to teach, that is the question."
My Answer: I could not see it any other way...With all my heart and soul, I was born to be a teacher when I grow up. Throughout the semester,
I have compiled a list of
inspirational quotes of success, teaching, and believeing in
yourself that have helped me on multiple ocasions to get back to my goals. I would like to share them because I feel that these quotes have inspired me,
continue to inspire me through my journey as a teacher, and
maybe some day will inspire my students.

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that they are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."
~John Steinbeck
"Be a wonderful role model because you will be the window
through which many children will see their future."
~Thomas Mckinnon
A Reflection:
This quote really affected me when I found it soon after
I began my observations. The reason for this is because I realized that being a teacher is not just a job that you have. There will be times when we as teachers will encounter those students without a role model at home and that will put us in the position of being their sole role model. Then, as I thought about this, I also realized by watching the students in my observations that they actually do respect and look up to their teachers. I could tell this by their responses and the looks on their faces. "Tell me and I will forget,
Show me and I will learn,
Involve me and I will understand."
~Teton Lakota
A Reflection:
This was part of my "What I learned" section from my 3rd Observation Report:
As a teacher, I want to engage my students in their work and I think that it is a useful tool to give them a chance to learn from their peers and to not work alone all of time. I have learned that students not only learn from their teachers, but also from their own peers. I find this to be very important in a class and plan on emphasizing this in my classroom. My Most Memorable Moment
in Professor List's ECI 205 class:
February 2, 2010
Today, Mr. List made videos of 3 different types of teachers: the permissive teacher, the authoritarian teacher, and the authoritative teacher. I have chosen to pursue the authoritarian teacher approach with my students solely because Mr. List was awesome in portraying such a teacher and I actually think
scared the majority of the class in doing so. Mrs. Brocious thought that Mr. List was scaring us away from the College of Education and I had to explain to her that he was showing us the different types of teachers. One word for that presentation: AwEsOmE
On a more serious note, I did find Mr. List's explanation of the different types of teacher useful. My paradigm has shifted after taking ECI 205 because I now realize that teaching comes with alot of surprises and getting used to. You have to decide on how to respond to different situations whether good or bad in and out of the classroom. Before this class, I did not really take into account all that is expected of a teacher. Now, I do.

"We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit."
~Robert H. Shaffer
Teaching is not something for which we want to make a profit on. Students are not customers, but rather the hands of our future. As a teacher, I hope to make that future as bright as I can. "You might be one person to the world, but the world to one young person." I don't know who said this, but I truely believe it. I chose to become a teacher
after transfering from Meredith College
to NC State. It was a difficult decision for me
to make because I wanted to please my parents
in becoming a pharmacist. However, after I realized that I had to do something that I was in love with, the decision turned out to be much easier. It was one of the best I have ever made thus far in my life.
My philosophy of education is that in order to be an effective teacher, the teacher has to understand the material that he or she is teaching to the students, demonstrates to the students the value of striving for an education and encourage them to learn and grow as much as they can, and the teacher must acknowledge that they must be willing to teach by using different methods because their students will all differ in their learning style. With our always growing world it is important that we allow the students to grow with all the changes that occur. When I took the Educational Philosophy Test, my philosophy turned out to be progressivism. This surely defines my philosophy of education because I think that students need to growing and learning go hand in hand in an education. I strongly believe that the environment of education should be in real world environments and that an education should not just prepare students for life.
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