Am I Making the Right Career Choices? What is my life’s work? Well, I plan on dedicating my life to changing the lives of others. Spending every extra minute possible giving back to the community in some way. I feel as if I was made to strongly impact the lives of anyone I cross paths with. Becoming a teacher is one of the many ways I feel that I can achieve these goals. Teaching is so much more than just standing up in front of a classroom and spitting out a lesson plan day after day. Getting to know each individual student and their personal struggles is key to being a magnificent supportive teacher. It takes a strong minded individual to teach. Writing this paper has opened my mind to all the potential bad things that comes along with teaching. It is making me look deep inside and criticize if I really have what it takes to be a teacher. No one has ever asked me if there are any doubts I have had going into this field. I think I want to go into teaching in order to accomplish a better learning environment for students, particularly children with disabilities. I feel that children with disabilities are not getting enough support and encouragement they need to succeed. Every person with a disability is able to achieve something great with the right support systems set in place for them. With a teacher who pushes them to excel they will be living to their fullest potential. There are the many obstacles which make me doubt my capacity to become a teacher.
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In my old elementary days, I was always struggling with my work. I was falling behind, stuck on questions, and eventually frustrated with myself while the other students were steps ahead of me. I was a shy kid back then, so getting my teacher’s attention was difficult for me; my teacher’s attention would always go to the kids who were considered smart and all the praises would go to them. At those moments, I would sulk at my desk waiting to see if someone would notice me, but no one came. Eventually, I was accompanied with an ELL teacher and they would pull me out of class to help me read, do math, or anything I was struggling on. It was fun for the most part, I would always have a conversation with my ELL teachers. This lead me to become more aware of my weaknesses and learn from my mistakes because they would help me in ways that got me to think for myself. I know that children who are in the same situation as me never got the help that they needed and honestly; without the help of my ELL teachers, I would have never become the person I am today. This is why the education system in America should be changed because, using the stories: The Secret to Raising Smart kids and Marita’s Bargain, I believe that hard work and more school days would benefit children from actually learning.
First class of the day is genetics at 8:00 am, still waking up, I sit in my chair and listen as the professor drones on and on about DNA and other things I wont remember after class today. After two hours of genetics I have five minutes to run from one class to another. Now I sit in my chair, in a different class, and listen to another professor lecture for another two hours. My hand begins to cramp up from all the note taking, and I feel even more tired than I did at 8:00 am. My day isn't over yet, I still have to try and keep my eyes from closing as my math teacher goes on about shapes or multiplication or something math related. A full day of school down and I am left with more questions than answers. I feel like I know less now, than I did when I came to school this morning.
An educator's preparation and schooling are vital factors in establishing the way they teach, their habits, and approaches regarding education. In a sense, “teaching is an intentional and moral activity: it is undertaken for a purpose and is validated by reference to educational goals and social principles as well as to operational efficacy (Alexander 517).” In order for educators to positive resources for students in a varied specialized system, they must be properly trained in those systems which they are to repurpose. Learning just one method would leave gaps in the educator’s knowledge, negatively affecting their pupils. For educators to properly navigate the system of multiple educational perspectives they must be exposed to plethora of different approaches to education. One such exposure can be accomplished through the use of Student-Teaching abroad programs that are offered by different universities worldwide. Overwhelmingly, in the past, those who participate in these programs do not go on to pursue a career in education. This translates as a waste of the resource that can drive education in a positive direction. In effort to salvage a seemingly failing initiative, high level universities engaged in developing international student teacher training programs (Quezada 458).
In the classroom, teachers lack the training to effectively teach a foster child. To be able to promote educational stability for the child, it is paramount that the teacher is in communication with the foster parents. In an article by National Center Brief, the authors list the appropriate responsibilities of a teacher when caring for a foster child (7,8). The list includes having monthly meetings with the child’s foster parents, caseworkers, and principal to catch each other up on how the child is doing and how they can better plan the child’s educational future. One of the ways teachers can better aid children in the foster care system is by looking at their educational assessment prior to being in foster care.
Throughout the last 50 decades or so, the world has advanced beyond our imaginations. With new technology being created every day, our minds never cease to disappoint us. However, although we have advanced in our industry, the school system in many developed countries have stayed static. The education systems we currently have were built with the intention of being useful during the industrial age. For a few countries, that stretches as far back as the 18th century. Yes, there have been small alterations made throughout the years but the principal idea of our education system has not changed for a mere 200 years. So, what is that goal exactly? To produce future factory workers.
I am a valuable person, I have dignity and worth, and what I do makes a difference. These words are regularly repeated by teachers and students alike at Assumption High School, a private all-girls college preparatory school in Louisville, Kentucky that illustrates an ideal environment for the growth of young women. Students are undoubtedly empowered through their education in ways that transcend academics. Messages boosting confidence and self-worth are woven throughout the curriculum and programming. The primary focus of the education of adolescents should be about more than just achievement; it can potentially play a powerful role in mental and social development. Therefore, all-female schools that emphasize the development of young girls are a powerful option to consider in closing the gender achievement gap.
The education system has been established in order for all members of the communities to receive a fair and equal education opportunity. However, there are many variables that take place and all students receive the same opportunities. The students who live in poor areas tend to struggle more in school because it carries on to the school grounds. Those schools seem to have more difficulty keeping students engaged and on track. For some reason, the students at a low performing school are usually minorities and the school environment is not considered a place for them to thrive. Many teachers may find it difficult to teach in those schools because there is a lot of chaos at times. Therefore, keeping competent teachers is not always possible and that negatively affects the students education as well. Trying to close the gap between low performing schools and those that do well is not an easy task. The effort of school administrators to bring programs to help low performing schools and educating those families who’s children are affected is important because it can help enhance their opportunity to succeed educationally.
Throughout my educational years, I have always had a competitive mindset due to soccer which I believe has played a role in my struggles with literacy. I always had to be the first person in my class to finish my assignments. Whether it was a test, a quiz, or just a daily assignment, I was always the first to finish. By doing this, it caused me to rush through my assignments and not give the time and effort needed to do it right or even figure out if I really liked a book or story. This was most prevalent in my english classes. English was never my strongest subject. I found that I had not been particularly passionate about reading or writing, so the papers I produced were never at their full potential. I would rush through those assignments even faster, making sure I would not have to endure the pain of reading and writing for any longer time than I had to. I would much rather have been outside playing soccer with my teammates.
Education is a United States given right and is meant to set every individual who goes through the school system at an equal starting point. The education system’s initial purpose was for it not to matter what a student’s economical, race, or family history was, but rather to allow any student to get a valuable education. Unfortunately, this starting goal is not how the school systems are ran today, rather, a school’s funding is dependant on the surrounding neighborhood. This inequality of neighborhoods and therefore, school funding, is especially prominent in Memphis, TN.
Having a child is an adjustment for every family. While families behave differently, there are key aspects typically shared, such as reserving physical space, preparing a budget, purchasing necessary items, and choosing the appropriate resources. However, are the parents fully prepared for the emotional and mental stamina it takes to rear a baby until adulthood? That question introduces the plight of the Habib family. Dan and Betsy are the parents of two boys. The older sibling is Isaiah; and he has a brother named Samuel, a beautiful boy with an affectious attitude.
In the opening of The Great Debaters Dr. James Farmer, declares “The most important job in America is the education of our young people”. Those teaching and being taught have accepted the responsibility of molding America’s tomorrow. We are stepping into ‘the hot spot’ as both the teacher and the taught, learning and giving lessons based more on character formation than fact memorization. You, I, personally are the teacher, life and its lessons, are the teacher. We are all the taught, but often, our education is invested into those who will be the future. We are teaching our young people, and allowing them to pursue otherwise unprecedented opportunities. To teach, and to be taught, it strengthens the mind, a tool that can never be taken away.
The problem that has been going on in society for many years now is that children with wealthy backgrounds receive a better education than low income students due to the fact that wealthy people tend to send their children to private institutions that have a different curriculum than public schools. This problem has limited American equity because “Only 28% of high school graduates from high-poverty schools enrolled in four-year universities, compared to 52% of graduates from low-poverty schools” (Chen, pg 3). This is a very important problem because the education system isn’t helping students “dig their way out of the poverty into which they were born” (Chen, pg 3). The inequality of the educational system affects students
Do schools meet the needs of the students that come out of our current system? It has been a question in debate for a very long time. As the pace of change in society excellerates it is imperative to reexamine if we are meeting the needs of students of the 21st century and it has become increasingly clear that we are not. Critics of the system write scathing accounts of how schooling is harming children and society by teaching conformity instead of the critical thinking skills they purport to teach. In response to the criticism, some schools in Canada have worked hard at reforms and have reexamined their basic practices in order to try and bridge the gap between what 21st century learners need and what is being currently offered in