I believe I can make a positive
difference in someone's life.
WHAT EXPERIENCES INFLUENCED
ME TO BE A TEACHER?
|During my high school social studies class, my teacher allowed us to help decide our consequences if we got into trouble LESSON LEARNED: Allow and encourage student input about rules,
activities, etc, but still take responsibility for my classroom.
||In college, my communications
teacher knew the class was lost on certain parts of the lesson so she went back and explained it to us even though it put us back a day or two LESSON LEARNED: Realize the importance
of understanding the learning level of my students and adjust my material
|Another teacher in my high school decided to talk to me about improving my attitude which in turn taught me about respect; LESSON
LEARNED: Implement realistic and age appropriate consequences in response
||I will never forget the
teacher I witnessed who laughed when she made a mistake in front of the class; LESSON LEARNED: Have a sense of humor and a "thick
skin". In addition,treat students with respect if you want them to respect
|CAPP stands for Child Abuse
Prevention Program. We perforned perform 3 role plays to elementary children
(stranger danger, bully on the playground, and Uncle Harry) and then opened
up the floor for discussion. The last 20 minutes students were offered
the opportunity to disclose abuse (physical, sexual, mental) to us. Finally,
we contacted the counselor and DCFS. Lesson Learned: Listen to children,
hear what they have to say, and help them become active problem solvers.
||In an unbelievable twist
of fate, I became an noncertified 6th grade teacher at Octavio Paz Charter
School in Chicago, IL. Challenges at the school included no principal,
no library, no computer lab, and not enough textbooks. I was
petrified. Most of the students were at least one to two levels below
their grade and a lot of them have been kicked out of other schools due to
behavior problems. As a result of my difficult situation, I became
exceptional at classroom management LESSON LEARNED: It is crucial to constantly
be aware and improve my teaching style/technique so I can become the kind
of teacher I strive to be!
On my tenth birthday my
parents bought me a diary which I wrote in everyday. I am now 28 years
old and I still write in my journal everyday. Total journals up to this
point: 9 diaries/journals. LESSON LEARNED: Always be a reflective person
in life and a lifelong learner.
Omni Youth Services changed
my life by accepting me as a volunteer for their "big sister" program.
LESSON LEARNED: It is imperative to be a positive role model for students.
WHAT WILL I DO TO BE AN
Believe in my students
Know the learning level of
Encourage student participation
while maintaining control
Implement realistic and age
Have a sense of humor
Be a good role model
Listen to my students
Be a lifelong learner
Be fair and consistent teacher
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