I believe that good teaching means giving students knowledge and experiences that will be useful to them throughout their entire lives. As a teacher, it is my job (and my pleasure) to prepare students for their lives as mature, intelligent, well-rounded human beings, and the best way to do that is to make sure they know that what they learn from me is relevant to them. For that reason, I always try to consider the future applications of what I am teaching, and make sure my students are aware of them.
I view learning as a journey or a process, and I am aware that not all students are at the same place in that process at the same time. I believe that students should be at the center of education, and we should build classes and schools around them instead of trying to build students around a particular system of education. As a result, I try to base my evaluation of student work on improvement rather than a ‘gold standard’ of marking. I prefer to take baseline assessments at the beginning, so that I know where my students are coming from, and then base my marking on each individual’s progress and improvement.
At the moment, because I am in my first year of education training, most of my ‘teaching’ has been directed towards my classmates in the education program: giving them presentations and resources and demonstrating what I have learned to my professors. Even if it is not up to me to assess my classmates, however, I believe that a student-based system of learning can be applied to any grade, group, or age level. When I address my classmates, I try to make sure that I am giving them valuable, important information that they will be able to use to reach their goals as teachers and as university students, just as I would try to help my students in a primary or secondary-level classroom reach their goals.
As a teacher, my goals are fairly simple. I want my students to be more knowledgeable when they leave my class than when they entered, and I want them to feel that, no matter the subject they have learned from me, it can continue to be a part of their lives after they’ve left my class. I want to help create students who will be able to take charge of their own learning, and I want them to leave my classroom with the knowledge that even after they have grown up and graduated, they can continue to learn and grow and evolve on their own. More than anything, I want to inspire curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.
I am only a first year student, so obviously I have a great deal of work to do before I’m ready to really do any of that. But I’m learning, and I’m growing, and I’m changing, and with the help of the many wonderful teachers and educators on staff at the University of Regina, one day soon I will be ready to step into a classroom and truly become a part of this amazing profession.
Thank you for taking a look at my work, and have a wonderful day!