To Make A Difference
We build our lives upon what we have been taught. From basic skills in reading, writing, and arithmetic to the importance of social interaction, teachers are given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their students. I feel that the greatest impact a teacher can have on their students is to fill them with a desire to learn.
I think the nature of students can vary tremendously depending on several different factors. The first is the cognitive domain of the students. This includes how students organize and retain the knowledge that is presented to them as well as their preferred learning style. A successful teacher should be aware of these factors and their curriculum should reflect this by using different teaching methods. This is to ensure each student is given the opportunity to absorb as much knowledge as they can.
The next factor affecting the nature of students are their attitudes, or affective domain. This includes the curiosity of the students, as well as their ability to tolerate and overcome frustration. Teachers can help stimulate curiosity in students by focusing on the individual needs of the child, as well as their interests and abilities. I feel that if the classroom’s curriculum takes these factors into consideration it will provoke not only curiosity in the students, but also a thirst for knowledge.
The last factor I believe affects the nature of students is their physiology. If a child is hungry and tired, they will be less likely or eager to learn as a well-nourished and rested child. I feel that teachers should consider all of the factors I mentioned in order to increase the chances of each child reaching their full potential. I think the nature of knowledge is relative. As I previously mentioned, I feel that the ability to learn is dependant upon the individual and the factors that are influencing them at the time.
I believe the purpose of education is to teach students how to function as a competent and successful member of society. As a teacher, I hope to make a difference in the lives of children by sharing with them my love of knowledge and by effectively expressing the importance of continuing to build upon the education they receive throughout life. I also hope to teach children how vital it is to respect others and their opinions regardless of the difference they may have. Considering the dynamic diversity of our society, I feel it is pertinent that children respect the differences that our society entails.
The primary educational philosophy I plan on incorporating into my classroom is progressivism. This approach encourages social...