As a career choice, teaching is something I am very passionate about. There are many worlds inside the
universe of teaching. There is the role for me as a teacher, the role of my students and the role I want my students’ families to play. As a teacher I be cherish each student as an individual, accept and respect their backgrounds and make sure their learning experiences with me are memorable ones.
The role of my students hold the most value in my classroom. I believe in Piaget’s philosophy that children
learn through experience during the many stages of cognitive development. I believe that children are at most times active learners. The design of my classroom is one aspect in creating an environment that will help enforce learning through experience. I believe in developing conversations with students that helps them to connect their prior knowledge in an effort to learn new knowledge. I think students should be able to engage in conversations and learn from each other.
Students are the center of education and should be taught from a constructivist and interactive point of view. I feel it is important for lessons to be taught where students can connect prior knowledge to the new information I am trying to fill their brains with. If a child can connect an experience they have had or something they were previously taught to what I am teaching them now, it will make it much more interesting to the child. The child will want to extend the knowledge, learn something new and the new material shall stick with them as well. The role of the teacher is important.
Today we are faced with diversity, which is a great thing. As a teacher I will make children from every culture feel welcomed and comfortable. It is important to make different cultures known by incorporating them into lessons, centers and activities. These activities or lessons include things such as learning about different holidays, songs and languages. This way my children will become as open minded as I am, from to accept people who are different from them and walk away learning more about people who are different from them. They will be able to experience situations through each other’s’ eyes and see their perspectives.
As a teacher I am mindful that every child learns in a different way. There are many different learning
styles. Whether or not a child is a kinesthetic, analytic or hands-on learner, while teaching, accommodations
must be made for every type of learning style.
The roles of families are very influential in children’s educational growth. While working in an urban
school district I have realized how inactive some families are in their children’s education. Though we cannot
control families, we can use different ways to contact them and incorporate them in learning. Bi-weekly phone calls home and daily homework parental signing are just two simple ways I begin to try to and get families engaged in their children’s educations. As a teacher it is very important that I extend my availability to any problems, comments and/or questions that my students’ families may have. I am sure to provide them with useful information at all times about their children’s growth in my class.
As a teacher I portray the success story you’ve read throughout my statement. Keeping in mind diversity
and differences in learning styles, I provide lessons that touch all areas. I accept each child as an individual and make any accommodations that need to be made for that child to learn. I reach out to families in all ways possible to make sure they too play a great role in their child’s educational growth. Teaching is not just a job; it’s a fulfillment at heart for me. It is something that I will always be passionate about. When motivation comes from within, there is always a positive outcome.
The iLearn Teacher of the Year Program honors excellence in classroom education and provides a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues, and the communities they serve.
iLearn Schools Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that iLearn Schools can bestow upon a teacher. This program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.
Every spring each campus selects a Teacher of the Year and amongst them, one iLearn Schools Teacher of the Year is selected. The one teacher that is selected as the iLearn Schools Teacher of the Year represents iLearn Schools in the Governor’s Teacher of the Year and the New Jersey Charter School Association Teacher of the Year programs.