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“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
– Ignacio Estrada
The desire to teach has been in me since I was just a little girl. I have always known that I wanted to help people, specifically children. I believe that the ultimate end or goal of schooling is to have given the students the tools and motivation for them to lead successful and fulfilling lives. It is essential that each student maintain their individuality throughout the learning process, and also that they learn to have respect for all aspects of the community. Furthermore, it is important for the students to have developed critical thinking skills so they are able to analyze and interpret the multitude of perspectives and issues that they will come across during the course of their lifetimes.
My Image of the Child:
I believe that the student should be at the center of the instructional process. I have an image of children as strong and capable beings. The classroom is a place where the teacher serves as a facilitator and guide as the students construct their own understanding of the world around them. Although it is the teacher’s role to plan lessons and evaluate students’ progress, it is of the utmost importance to always take the children and their own unique needs into consideration. When children are the priority in teaching, an amazing amount of learning can take place. I believe in creating opportunities for students to develop to their fullest potential while developing and expanding their horizons and worldviews. In order to accomplish this, there must be a welcoming, positive environment that is open and honest. When students feel comfortable at school they will surely be more engaged and responsive to class activities. I also consider it essential to be passionate and enthusiastic about learning so that the students can have a most relevant and meaningful experience.