I plan to use this blog as a way to communicate what I think about teaching, good techniques I have come across in the classroom (as both a student and a teacher) and my opinions on education as a whole. What better way to start a blog than to answer the million dollar question?…. Why teach?

Its a question that teachers and teachers-to-be will always be asked. Why in the world would you want to teach? Everyone has their own individualized answer, but many have the same: I want to make a difference in a child’s life. Mine doesn’t stray from this too much. To better explain why I want to teach, here is my philosophy of education:

When asked why I want to teach it’s simple, I want to give students the same, if not better, experiences and opportunities, that I had with the CTE Program and DECA when I was in school. It is important that students get all that they can out of their schooling, and I will do everything I can as teacher to achieve that.

            I believe that when a student leaves the classroom, they should truly understand the material and not just have memorized it. In order for this to happen, the material must be presented in a way that allows students of all learning styles to be able to grasp the concept presented. This can be done by incorporating textbooks or presentations or with hands on activities to get the student involved. This engages them, shows them real world examples and discourages monotony in the classroom. By using traditional methods of teaching and hands on activities, it engages all aspects of the students mind. Activities can include many types of technology such as smart/promethean boards, laptops, PDA’s, and many more that are now becoming available to schools. Many of the activities I plan to incorporate into my lesson plans will involve creativity and thinking outside of the box to solve a problem. These are characteristics that a student will find necessary even after graduation and once they enter the workplace. There is a Chinese proverb that says “Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand”. This proverb I will carry out in all that I do as a teacher.

            When a student finishes their proper education, they should be prepared to be productive citizens and I feel it is my duty as a teacher to do all I can to ensure this. A teacher should help the community by bettering the student. This can include helping the student overcome cultural or societal barriers that they not only may encounter in school, but that they will inevitably encounter beyond the school property lines and throughout life.

            For a student to understand what is being taught, a teacher must get to know them as an individual. Being a teacher is not all about teaching, but is also about getting to know your students. This can help you figure out what learning style they are and you can then tailor your lesson plans. Getting to know the student also shows them that you care about them which can lead them to caring. Even if a teacher can only show one student that they do really care, and that causes a change for the better in that student, then it is all worth it. A teacher should be passionate about the subject they are teaching. When a teacher truly is passionate about the subject the students can tell and this causes them to be more open to learning and understanding the material.

          The experiences a teacher has throughout their lives shapes how they will teach their own students. It is important to take each experience for what it is and to learn from it. Each teacher has their own style of teaching but whatever this may be, it is vital that they are able to tailor it to fit the students in their classroom so that they may benefit from the class.

          Marketing and DECA are what I am passionate about and I strive to get others involved and to understand what each is truly about. Throughout my teaching career, if I touch the life of just one student, I will have accomplished all that I have wanted to do. The teachers that I had as a student have shown me the best ways and the worst ways to go about things and I plan to use both to better my teaching style. I want to make a difference in not only the students’ lives, but to make a difference in the community as well, and by doing one, I accomplish the other.

Everyone always comments that you could make more money in the field than you can by teaching. But it isn’t about the money, the little amount that teachers are paid is a whole other story. It’s about your passion to teach, your passion for the subject, and a desire to help as many students as possible. This is my first blog, so bear with me in finding my way and I hope you enjoy 🙂