A bit about me…
I am currently a junior at the University of South Alabama. I am double-majoring in secondary education and social sciences, as well as minoring in psychology. I have a passion for helping people and from a very young age have known that I wanted to become a teacher. I graduated within the top four percent of my class at Gloucester High School in Gloucester, VA. I currently hold a 4.0 GPA at South and have made the president’s list each semester I have been enrolled. I also work extensively to fully pay my tuition and living expenses. I am highly motivated and believe I am a unique applicant for any teaching position.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
My favorite teacher in high school was Ms. Fahrion, despite the fact that she taught my least favorite subject, English. She was highly creative and tried to make her classroom fun as well as informative. She also took an interest in her students outside of the classroom and helped me deal with many personal issues that I had. She encouraged me to sign up for her creative writing class, which gave me an outlet to express myself. Even now, 9 years later, I remember her class as having a positive effect on my life.
I believe the best complement you can receive as a teacher is for a former student to approach you and tell you that you really had a hand in shaping their future. I am entering the teaching field because I truly want to help people and have a profound effect on others. I believe to become a memorable teacher, not only do you need to stand apart, but also put forth the effort necessary to really help the students that need it.
I am very fascinated by how other people approach the same task I am working on differently than I would. I want to learn from other teachers and see for myself what works. Whether it is a new technology, teaching technique, or assignment I am willing to consider it. Many teachers teach like it is still 1950 and are oblivious to modern life. The world is rapidly changing and we as teachers need to have the ability to change with it.
My two favorite methods continue to be those that I advocated 9 years ago. I believe Powerpoint is a very useful tool to convey key lecture points and show pertinent visuals. The college courses I have taken in which it has been utilized have been the clearest and easiest for me to understand. I believe a classroom web page is also important to provide resources for students and parents alike. Practice quizzes, helpful links, and classroom policies can be viewed at any time. As technology continues to grow, I may incorporate additional digital media such as blogs, podcasts, and social networking sites.
As the whole world progresses, we cannot afford to remain in the past.
I am not afraid to admit that. Actually, the things I don't know are exponentially larger than what I do know. And that is true for everybody on the face of this Earth.
So why do most people have such a hard time admitting it? I want to learn from my students just as they learn from me. If a student asks me a question that I don't know the answer to, I want to look it up and find out for both the student's benefit and my own. I want for my students to engage in active conversations about the subject at hand and teach me things I don't already know.
But so many people are stubborn... and conceited... and think there is nothing more they need to know. Unfortunately, some of these people are teachers. I hope to always remain humble and never satisfy my natural curiosity.
As a teacher, I plan to highlight the useful qualities of the subject I am teaching. For a history class, it may involve discussing the consequences and perspectives that certain events have caused. How have these events affected the modern world and what have they taught us? Rather than simply memorizing facts, a student needs to understand WHY they need to learn them.
I am a huge proponent of active learning. I believe that children should be taking a dynamic role in their learning rather than just listening and watching. Knowledge of the material is strengthened when a student approaches it hands-on.
Besides, why should art teachers have all the fun?