Somewhere in college, in one of my many textbooks about education, I read a quote that said “Education means inspiring someone’s mind, not just filling their head.” I honestly do not remember who said this or which book I read it in, but nevertheless, the quote stuck with me throughout my teaching experience.
I know that all students are not created equally. So, in order to inspire students to learn, a teacher has to give each student what they need to succeed. This means that a teacher has to take the time to learn who their students are. They have to develop relationships with their students so that their students can feel comfortable to express who they are. From the very first day of school and throughout the school year, I encourage students to ask me questions about anything they would like to know about me. It is my goal to gain the students trust and respect in order to create a learning environment suitable for all of my students.
The mind is full of curiosity and that is how I like to introduce all topics in my teaching. I like to show the students something amazing to spark their curiosity. Whether I start off my lesson with a video of a piece of metal exploding in water or pictures of the development of a caterpillar to a butterfly, I want my students to want to ask why or how. It is not my goal to tell the students the answers, but instead to show them how to find the answers. I believe that students need to be intrigued to not only learn how the world around them works but to understand how the world around them works. There is no better way to intrigue students then to give them hands on learning experiences and allow them to fully immerse themselves in their own learning experiences.
It is my goal as an educator, to learn who each and every single one of my students are, what they need, and to provide them with what they need. It is my goal to ignite their sparks of curiosity and help them want to learn.