Sherri Stears Scholarship Essay

1470 words - 6 pages

Teaching is an action word. To teach, is the imparting, passing on, or transmission of knowledge by a teacher or other knowledgeable person. I am pursuing my teaching degree to impart knowledge. Teaching does not have geographical, demographic, social or economic limitations. I will teach anywhere to anyone, my decision is to teach anywhere in Alaska. There are children all over my state that seek to learn. Where learning is desired teaching is required.
I will advance education in Alaska by implementing various skills. These skills are as follows but are not limited to: culturally relevancy, knowledge in several content areas of math, literacy, science, social studies, and life skills. If given the opportunity I want to teach in rural Alaska, imparting life skills that is paired with textbook knowledge is my method to make connections between home and school life. I will employ multiple techniques to develop learning that is not only consciously motivated by student’s curiosity and inquisition but also promotes sub-conscious learning through play and experimentation.
I seek to have a multi-aged classroom where my students view themselves as learners and teachers. By developing my student’s ability to learn they will see others a resource to add to their knowledge by acquiring information, skills, values and behaviors they would have otherwise not acquired if not learned from another more knowledgeable. Older students have more life experience that can be shared and modeled for their younger peers, skills such as modeling appropriate behaviors for different situations, sharing their advanced educational knowledge, or sharing their own individual interest. Like wise the younger generation can impart the value of liberated inhibition, experimentation, and intrinsically motivating experiences derived from their need for pleasurable experience during their process of learning.
If I teach in a more traditional classroom within a city’s district I would advance education in a similar way but I would aim to be involved and knowledgeable on educational policy. I seek to teach the whole child in my classroom by incorporating atypical practices of braingym that engages students in kinetic learning.
There are several theorists that contribute to my instruction however there are two theorists that influence me the most. Maslow the American psychologist, creator of: Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. His theory focuses on the fulfillment of human needs as a priority that must be met before learning can be served. I will ensure the physical needs of the students are met before expecting them to learn. I will do this through offering resources that are available to help and if it were within my power and reasonable request I will meet the needs through my own resources.
The second theorist that contributes to my instructional approach is Benjamin Bloom. Bloom made contributions to the theory of mastery-learning and developed Blooms taxonomy. I have...

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