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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Someday...

I am in the middle of interviewing students from my Introduction to Teaching courses at the university. I am so excited about the number of students who are forging ahead with the teaching programs. We know all of the negatives about teaching, such as lower salaries, behavior problems with students and lack of support from home. However, I think the biggest negative of all is poor teaching, whether it is the cynical-nothing works teacher or the instructor who lacks teaching skills. Both of those groups give all teachers and education a bad name. I have tried to relay to my students that it does not have to be that way. You can be a successful, organized and efficient teacher without being mean or constantly in survival mode. I believe it takes just as much effort to be a lousy teacher as it does to be a good teacher. I'm hoping this new crop of teachers will be the latter. We so desperately need more GOOD teachers. It makes me want to go back and teach kindergarten again...which I will do at least one more time before I die...at least I hope. :-)

9 Comments:

At 7:49 AM, Blogger Brian and Erin said...

I think you should teach kindergarten again in about a year, so I can be your student teacher!!! :) That would be great.
There really is a problem with teachers being mean to the students & being in survival mode. I see it every day at the elementary school I am an aide at. It is sad, but also one of my motivations to succeed and get my ECE teaching degree.

Erin Stephenson
TL 4330

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger Ashlee said...

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At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Ashlee said...

I have personally experienced the results from elementary students who I have recently instructed and the difference in their behavior regarding teacher preparedness...it was amazing. The days I wasn't as prepared verses the days I was on top of my game was evident in their behavior and motivation. If I wasn't invested in them enough to be prepared, they had not much interest either. What amazing possibilites and opportunities await EFFECTIVE teachers whose passion for uplifting and educating far out weigh the tiny amount for a paycheck.

Ashlee Rooks
TL 1010

 
At 1:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After working in an at-risk school, I can see what you mean about survival mode. Though those classrooms may be the toughest, it doesn't mean they deserve any less of an opportunity for education. Seeing teachers talk down to students is a definite reminder to me to never lose patience!

Mikaela R
TL 1010-001

 
At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Megan Wainwright said...

I think the biggest part in becoming a teacher would be the lack of support from the parents. I know it takes both but what if they choose not to help out. The negative salaries shouldn't be a factor, you get paid by how your students grow in your classroom not by your salary. every teacher knows that!

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger bryndmax said...

I think that it is very smart that they do interviews in the introduction to elementary education class. I took that class at Utah State and I think that it would have been fun to do an interview with my teacher to discuss what I need to do to become a teacher. I have learned throughout my educational career that I love children, and I want them to be successful in their lives. I hope that I can be a teacher who inspires children and changes thier life for the better. I know that teaching will be hard work but I hope that my students will enjoy my lessons and feel the love I have for them. You have been an amazing teacher, and I have learned a lot. I have also seen your enthusiasm and love for children through your teaching and hope my students will see that in me when I teach.

Bryndy Maxfield
TL 4330

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger Sandra said...

I also strive to become a teacher that inspires my students and changes their lives for the better. I have seen the positive impact that even the smallest act of kindness can make. John's enthusiasm for teaching is contagious. I'm really excited to use what I have learned from him in the classroom.

Sandra S.
TL 1010

 
At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Danielle said...

I do agree that it does take effort to be a good teacher and to be the one that inspires them to do their best and encourage and motivate them to succeed in their own education. I am hoping that one day I will be one of these teachers who are out there to help my students.

Danielle Jones
TL4330

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Doug said...

I may not be working towards a teaching degree, but I can see the importance of early childhood education. I only wish that people didn't focus on making sure the teacher does the right thing. I think the parent should be more involved than the teacher at that point of a childs life. But of course that could only happen in a perfect world. It just irritates me when parents get mad at a teacher because their child isn't learning. The majority of the time, the parents expect the teachers to raise these children.

Doug Howard
TL 4330

 

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