Reflection on teaching

  1. Why teach? I have been asked this question many times in my life. I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. Many other careers have come into mind, but they usually come and then go. I used to play teacher with my sister (which she hated), and the more I played it, the more I fell in love with it. I want to do special education because it is never the same routine, every day is a new day, if you have a bad day, there is always tomorrow. I feel that students with disabilities tend to value life with a different perspective than we do. They enjoy the little they have and love life to the fullest. In the beginning, it may be a little complicated for them to understand their disability, but is our job as educators to teach them to love their disability because they still have other abilities. We go day by day complaining about life even when we have it all and even more than what we need. People with disabilities are sometimes deprived from certain things but that only motivates them and makes them push forward. I want to have that type of motivation day to day. Teaching is more of a feeling, you can truly impact the future of the children in multiple ways. The future of the students in your classroom become your responsibility. I have the love, passion and patience for teaching, it is what I love and what I want to do.
  2. Do I believe all children can learn?

Yes, I believe all children can learn. Disabilities may vary from mild to severe, but learning a new skill or a new topic regardless if it is educational or not, it is something new learned.

 

  1. Do I have high expectations for myself and others?

Yes, high expectations to me is setting goals, setting goals is achievement. It is important to set high expectations so that the students try to better themselves every day to reach and meet those expectations.

 

  1.  Am I dedicated to learning the necessary content knowledge and teaching skills?

Yes, when I graduate I know that I will feel like I have learned everything that I need to know but I know it will not be that way when I begin my teaching career.

 

  1. Can I easily see myself as a professional?

Yes, teaching to me is one of the most professional jobs there can be. So many people are depending on us to educate these children and teach them what they need to know to succeed.

 

  1. Do I look forward to subscribing to professional journals?

Yes, it is interesting to see different people’s point of view.

 

  1. Do I look forward to participating in professional organizations for teachers?

Yes, I feel that this is a great way to learn and build a community with other teachers.

 

  1. Am I willing to uphold high ethical and professional standards for myself?

Yes, every job has rules and regulations. As for educators, we have to uphold the ethical and professional standards.

 

  1. Am I willing to learn new things and to change?

Yes, this what teaching is about. We will always learn new things and we have to be able to take risks if it is for the benefit of our students.

 

  1. Am I willing to devote myself to ongoing professional development as a teacher?

Yes, as educators, we will continue to grow by trying new things and develop as a great teacher.

 

  1. Do I see myself as a lifelong learner?

Yes, regardless of what job or position we hold, we will never stop learning. You are never too old to learn something new.

 

  1. Am I willing to continue my teacher education to improve my knowledge and skills?

Yes, like before, we never stop learning.

 

  1. Am I committed to basing my classroom practice on education research?

Unsure, I believe that sometimes teachers must step away from the research to try something they feel would work best for a specific class.

 

  1. Do I want to spend my days in close contact and interaction with children and young people?

Yes, but I also believe that this close contact should be kept with the parents of the students we will be teaching. Communication is the key.

 

  1. Are teachers the kind of people with whom I want to work?

Yes, I love to see other people’s ideas and the way they work.

 

  1. Am I willing to invest time and energy in professional collaborations?

Unsure, sometimes I do not to work in groups with others, I admit that sometimes I like to be my own boss. But if I know that this is involving my students I am all in for it.

 

  1. Am I willing to do more than what is “required” of me?

Yes, this is what being a teacher is all about, we are to go above and beyond for our students. Our world will officially revolve around our students and it is all about them.

 

  1. Am I willing to give more time to students than a teaching contract may specify?

Yes, like mentioned before it is about the student not about us.

 

  1. Am I willing to communicate my teaching philosophy and practices to parents and others?

Yes, parents should ALWAYS be aware of what their children are doing and learning in school. I would love to show parents and guide them with what we are doing in class so that they can do it at home with their children and help them on their homework.

 

  1. Am I willing to work at developing parent-school and community-school partnerships?

Yes, parents are the closest thing to producing a successful student. They know the student better than we ever will. Building a relationship with the parents may help us guide their child better.

  1. Am I willing to teach children of all cultures and racial and ethnic backgrounds?

Yes, it is important to teach our students to be diversity. I have a theory that children are not born racist they are made that way. If we introduce them to different cultures, who knows, they may end up loving diversity.

  1. Do I have the energy, sense of humor, enthusiasm, and outgoingness teachers need?

Yes, when I am around adult I may sometimes shy away but when I am around children I feel motivated and enthusiastic about teaching them.

 

  1. Am I a flexible person and able to deal with situations in highly active environments?

Yes, I have had plenty of flexible and not flexible teachers. We all have things going on in our life and it is important to understand that even children may face difficulties and we must be flexible towards that.

 

  1. Do I have good organizational, managerial, and leadership skills?

Yes, I feel that an organized classroom is a classroom where students can come in and be ready to learn.

 

  1. Do I have a strong sense of self-efficacy as a teacher?

Yes, I love to finish what I start.

 

  1. Am I willing to undertake periods of apprenticeship as a preservice and novice teacher?

Yes, we should all do this because we have to learn the basics before mastering.

 

  1. Am I willing to undergo periodic formal evaluations of my teaching performance?

Yes, I believe this is something all educators should do even if it is a little uncomfortable.

 

  1. Am I willing to explore many alternatives in finding jobs opportunities as a teacher?

Yes, with my special education certification I would love to try different positions to see where I am needed the most.

 

  1. Will I be willing to relocate to take advantage of teaching opportunities?

Unsure, I tend to fall in love with a job position and sticking to it, even if it means turning down better opportunities.

 

  1. Can I initially meet my needs on a teacher’s starting salary and benefits?

Unsure, I have many plans but also things to pay off. My boyfriend is entering the fire department and we are still trying to work around that.

 

  1. Will I be satisfied with a salary based on educational attainment and years of service?

Yes, I have always wanted to be a teacher and the job itself is more rewarding than the money will ever be.

 

Understanding/Skill High

Level of Understanding/Skill

Medium

Level of Understanding/Skill

Low

Level of Understanding/Skill

My understanding of:
The importance of equity I feel that before this class I did not really know how important equity is in a classroom until now.
The effects of differential treatments I am not that familiarized with the different types of treatments there are available.
Student abilities and learning styles I understand the concept but I feel that in this area we never stop learning something new.
Student exceptionalities I feel that I could work more on this area, even after taking the exceptionalities class.
Culture, race, and ethnicity I understand this very well and have an idea of how to implement it in a classroom.
Culturally diverse classrooms I understand this.
Multicultural education After this course, my knowledge in this field has expanded.
Language diversity I would like to understand this better, but we do not really discuss this in any of my classes.
Gender differences I understand this concept
Social class differences I know this can affect a student’s success but I am not as familiar with it as I would like to be.
Sexual orientation differences I would like to understand this better.
My ability to:
Treat students fairly I feel that I do treat students fairly and this is very important in a classroom.
Show respect for all students This is one of the most important aspects of teaching. The teacher has to demonstrate respect in order to receive it.
Work with students with disabilities I think this is one of my strongest areas of comfort.
Work with gifted students I understand this but I am not sure I would guide the students properly. I need to grow in this area.
Work with racially & culturally diverse I would love to have a classroom filled with different cultures and different races. I feel that I would be able to bring students outside the box.
Work with language-diverse students I need to grow on this area but I feel that am comfortable enough to build basics for a language diverse student.
Work with gender differences I am comfortable in this area.

A PLN is a Personal Learning Network, which is built up of other educators with resources who are meant to help you and guide you. It is a field where people interact to help one another or to just express an idea. This tool uses social media and technology to communicate, collaborate while being connected with colleagues anywhere in the world at any time. This helps us share resources and ideas from people of different fields, experiences and ideas. The goal of a PLN is to improve teaching skills and help the academic performance of students. For this class, we created a twitter account for the use of this course. I had trouble in the beginning using it, but I eventually caught on, and now I enjoy it. I have been able to look at other people’s ideas. I have followed a number of people in the list provided and they share great ideas with us. I have found it to be very interesting and useful. Once I become a teacher I plan on furthering that. It is a great way to communicate and maintain connection. When we created our twitter accounts, I honestly did not see a point in them on the beginning but now my perspective has changed.

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