Building Foundations for The Future
When I think of how my teaching style will be one day, a particular parable comes to mind that I have known since my childhood days. In the Bible, in the book of Matthew, Peter and several other fishermen were fishing out on the ocean one night when from far out in the distance, they could see a man walking on the water toward them. The man was Jesus. Peter was afraid that the figure wasn’t Jesus, but instead a spirit, so Jesus told Peter to get out of the boat and walk over to him. So Peter got out, and walked on the water over to Jesus. But then, the wind began to blow furiously, causing Peter to become afraid. He looked down, began to sink, and then screamed out to Jesus to help him. Immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught Peter, and said “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matt. 14:31). Most children today are wanting to learn, but from time to time there is an obstacle on their path toward knowledge that they cannot overcome on their own. When faced with such obstacles, whether it is the divorce of their parents, or continually failing in one certain subject, they usually become scared and just need someone to cry “Help!” to. Just as Jesus immediately helped Peter, I want to immediately help those students that are doubting that they can overcome something. I do not want my students to ever doubt that they can do something, and eventually become too reluctant to even try anymore just because they failed a time or two. I want to be there to assure my students that they can do anything they put their minds to, and I’ll be there to help them along the way.
I believe that children are one of God’s gifts on this earth. They are so innocent, so vibrant, and even more so are they inspiring. Children have a nature about them that yearns to learn. While some students do show it more than others, I believe all students have a yearning to gain knowledge. As I observed in my field experience this semester, I found that there are still bullies, teacher’s pets, and class clowns. I consider it to be my responsibility to reach them all. Likewise, I have to find a teaching method to suit both the gifted learners as well as the learning disabled students. All students, regardless of their intellectual ability, must have a foundation. So too do I, as a teacher, have to have a foundation before I can build my knowledge base any more than it already is. After all, you can build a tower as high as the Empire State Building, but if there is no foundation, it will crumble due to the slightest difficulty. I also believe that the nature of knowledge is relative, meaning that it is constructed and dependent upon person, place, and time.
The overall purpose of public education is to equip today’s child with the elements by which he or she can form a strong foundation, and then build upon that foundation until he or...