I believe that education is an important opportunity for learning and I believe that learning happens every day, therefore we are constantly being educated, whether we realize it or not. There is always something new to be learned in life, and that no one should ever miss an opportunity to learn something new or assist someone else in their learning. As a future educator, I believe that one formal way to learn or be educated is through the school system. I feel that schools can serve many purposes, but I primarily see them as institutions that assist students to continually learn how to be a contributing citizen in society. Therefore, I do not want to miss the opportunity to assist students in their continual growth in knowledge.
I have always had a passion for children and teaching and therefore, I have always wanted to be a teacher. I believe that teachers hold a piece of their students’ futures in their hands and that they should never underestimate the power of their words or actions to inspire or defeat their students. Thus, I want to be a teacher who inspires, supports, encourages, and pushes their students to reach their full potential, so that they succeed. I will also try to reach the diverse needs of all my students and treat them equally. I know that students can be very diverse in many ways, so I will aim to treat my students accordingly depending on their unique needs, but not treat them differently depending on their race, gender, age, class, socioeconomic status, culture, ethnicity, religion, language, intellect, ability, or life experiences. I want to create a safe space for my students by supporting them emotionally and by building relationships with them. I also want to support and celebrate different cultures in my classroom and teach others about the diversity in our classroom. In particular, I will make sure to teach about Treaty Education because not only is it mandated, but it is also an important part of Canada’s history.
I hope to make my classroom a safe environment for my students, and I will try to make them feel comfortable and connected with their classmates in a healthy learning environment. My classroom will be a place of inclusion for all students and there will be zero tolerance for bullying. I will strive to create an anti-oppressive classroom by making sure I challenge my own prejudices and assist my students to see their own prejudices as well. I will not be afraid to ask my students how they are doing, and I will try to be aware of my students’ mental, emotional, social, and physical needs in the classroom.
I view teaching as a process or an ongoing journey that is always moving forward, so I want to be a teacher who continually learns by trying new techniques, strategies, and practices in my classroom. I want to be a teacher who learns from my mistakes, and also make changes and improvements in my teaching. I want to be a teacher who challenges her students to reach higher, but also challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone and not teach my students the same way I was taught. I want to teach my students in creative ways that benefit all types of learners by meeting everyone’s needs, levels of learning, and learning styles. To meet my students’ needs or for those who prefer to learn in different ways I would incorporate: dynamic activities for the kinesthetic learners; activities outside for the naturalistic learners; small group activities or assignments for the interpersonal learners; individual assignments for the intrapersonal learners; visuals for the visual learners; mathematical explanations or examples for the mathematical learners; song lyrics or music for the musical or auditory learners; and reading assignments for the linguistic learners. As well, I will address my exceptional students’ needs by getting them to do projects on something that interests them. When it came to assessing my students I would want to display equity. I want to assess students differently depending on their abilities and needs, giving them options on how they will be assessed. For example, I might ask them to choose if they want to complete an assignment in a written, oral, dramatic, or visual form. I might also allow my students to use technology and improve on their digital literacy. I will also instruct my students by: maintaining respectable communication; keeping them engaged; using humour; acting appropriately when dealing with disruptive behaviour; using appropriate classroom management skills; using clear and precise instructions; giving positive feedback; using peer learning and assessment; involving students in decision making or leading in the classroom; and keeping my students interested in the lessons by loving my teaching profession.