Students With Teachers And Students

972 WordsJan 19, 20164 Pages
During the 21 years I have spent working with teachers and students in public education, I have witnessed amazing, tear-jerking success as well as horrific, heart-wrenching failures. The failures, occasionally, cause me to question my choice of career. The daily successes keep me coming back year after year. I have overflowed with joy. I have exploded with rage. I have drowned in defeat. I have soared with pride. When you think about it, where else can you live this kind of roller coaster? Having worn many hats in this field including teacher, student, leader, mother, peer, evaluator, and advocate, I bring a lot of experience to this program and have a strong motivation to complete it. It is my hope, with this degree, I can effect positive…show more content…
The same old lectures. The same old assignments. The same old methods. Teachers are at the front, lecturing. Students are sitting at the desks pretending to listen (or not) while clandestinely using their devices in some way texting, YouTubing, group chatting, or checking one of a dozen social media sites. Back in my day we were passing notes folded up into neat little shapes, and we were listening to the same lectures doing the same cover-this-box-of-Kleenex-with-facts-about-a country-of-your-choice assignment. (Seriously, one of my students brought me their “rubric” for this assignment today. I did that exact same assignment 30 years ago.) All of these issues cause problems in education that I would love to help solve. The biggest problem I see with the lack of differentiation is that teachers love to say, “Well, I taught it! It’s not my fault if they didn’t get it.” Yes. It most certainly is. An educator simply cannot believe that they have done their job “teaching” a concept and then move on to the next without ensuring that the students have mastered that concept! When a teacher gives a test, and the majority of students fail it, this is a teaching issue – not a student issue. Educators must stop with the one-size-fits-all, archaic teaching methods, and evolve into a facilitator of learning, running a classroom where students solve problems and learn the concepts
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