I believe that all students have the ability to learn, to succeed, and to become a positive influence for change. Students should not be looked down on because of where they’ve come from or because of who they are. A classroom should be a place where students feel accepted and cared for. No one can predetermine, judge, or categorize a child based on their appearance, physical or mental bounds, class, ethnicity, or gender.
I believe that students should feel comfortable around all teachers. That it is up to teachers to build relationships with students. Teachers should create a secure environment, one where students feel they can trust a teacher enough to talk about personal issues. Teachers and students are both human and are equally prone to make mistakes.
I believe that technology is important and being able to work together with it is a key factor to becoming a successful teacher in the 21st century classroom. The use of technology should be limited and not over used. The development and growth of a child’s brain is more essential than their computer skill development. A child’s brain is more complex and intriguing than any form of technology. Students need space and time to explore who they are as an individual and what their personal potential is. It is up to a teacher to guide children with this exploration. This is the basis for a holistic learning atmosphere.
Being a teacher allows you to interact with the next generation and help to mould their minds. Discovering who they are and helping them to uncover who they want to become is one of the most difficult but also the most satisfying tasks as a teacher. In order to be an influential teacher, one must also be a student. A teacher can learn from their students, colleagues, and can also further their own education. A teacher must be open to new concepts and be excited to try knew practices in their classroom. Curriculum is a tool that can be used as a foundation to creating new and meaningful learning experiences.
I believe that students should be given the same opportunities for achievement in every area of learning. No two children are alike and therefore each child excels differently but all children need to feel successful in school. Without academic success students will loose motivation. Differentiated learning needs to be taught in order for all to feel successful. Teaching about the treaties and First Nations culture is also important in order to promote justice and to honour the culture of the first peoples. Honouring all children’s ethnicities will positively affect their interest in school. In order for a child to thrive, no matter their background or abilities, they need a teacher who is fair and sees their individual potential.
Finally, I believe that teaching is the act of expanding a child’s mind and opening them up to new ideas and concepts. It’s not about restricting their imagination or crippling their thoughts to conform to one method. Teaching is about working alongside a child and helping them to grow as a learner and as an individual in today’s society. Teaching means making a child feel accepted and needed. The role of a teacher is to challenge students to construct for themselves a good work ethic in order for them to achieve their highest potential. Students should not work for the approval of his or her teacher or peers but for the satisfaction of themselves; to know that they are intelligent, that they can accomplish whatever they put their minds too, and that they have a successful future ahead of them.