Hello Everyone! In this blog post I will be reflecting back on all the things I have learned this semester. I have learned a lot this semester that I can take away as I continue on this journey to become a teacher.
One big concept I learned this semester was how to become an effective teacher. At the beginning of the class I only thought that a teacher should be fun, knowledgeable, be able to mange their time, and some other important characteristics. Now I realize that teaching is all of that and so much more! It involves pedagogy, Bronfenbrenner theory of how outside factors affect students, engage the students in learning, being prepared and organized, and build a connection with the students. How I perceived a teacher to be effective has not necessarily changed, but I have added things to what an effective teacher needs to be doing.
One of the teaching standards that this class helped me with is, leverage information literacy to evaluate and select information about students and teaching. This class helped me realize that there is so much more than just to teaching the students. You need to know where the school is at, what the home life is for students, where are the students cognitively, and how does all of this affect their schooling.
The most significant thing that I learned this semester is teaching is an art, or known as pedagogy. Not everyone can teach, compared to popular belief, there is a certain way to teach students in a way that they will engage in and learn what you are teaching them. There should be a connection between the teacher and the student; I also learned this from my Observation and Practice, when my teacher had students go out of their way to say hi to her. These same students are the ones that look forward to her class and that is half the battle with a student is making them want to come to class.
As I continue on with my career to become a teacher I plan on keeping my online identity by continuing this blog and make sure that my social media presence is positive. I also plan on gathering materials from all of my classes, and organizing the materials, so that I can use them when I am teaching my own class one day.
Thank you so much for reading my blog posts and make sure to check back in soon!