). I agree with that statement because in her classroom when some students were answering questions it was noticeable that they only knew from memorizing because when she asked “why?” they could not explain. I’ve taken many things from my field experiences from 2110-2130, good and bad. That also came with a lot of self-doubts. I’ve wanted to become a teacher my entire life, I want to have that ability to change the world and mold students into their best selves. I’ve asked myself “Why aren’t there many teachers? Why do some teachers leave before 3 years? Will I be good enough? Will I change someone's life? Will I make a difference?” I received a magazine in the mail called Page One, and one of the articles caught my attention. “More than 3000 teachers left metro Atlanta school districts last year. Their reasons for leaving range from the emphasis placed on mandated test score to a lack of compensation and administrative support to the increased responsibilities they are expected to perform beyond the classroom.” ( citation ) I used to think teaching could not be that hard until I was placed in the position to become one. I’ve witnessed a lack of support and help from the people who you think would always be on your team, administration. It answered one of my questions on why some teachers never make it past the 3-year mark and now I understand. Being a new teacher is hard and when you feel alone and overwhelmed it could make the situation 10 times worse. I feel as administration you should always be there for your teachers, no matter what because it’s a team effort. So one thing I do know when applying for a teaching position, I need to make sure that the administration will be on my side and give moral support. Since the COVID-19 broke out and all students are at home, I hope that people of the board of education make some changes whereas teachers receive more pay, parents become more understanding and administration becomes more useful.
Running head: FIELD EXPERIENCE REFLECTION PAPER 5 What is the best teaching philosophy? Is it to heavily discipline your students? To teach strictly by the book, no room for free-thinking? To help them prepare for “real life”? Or is it when you step back to let the students dictate themselves? To allow them to do what they please therefore giving them free rein? To withhold punishment, even in the face of blatant bullying? In reality, it is both all as well as none of these. Because in the end, the best way to teach is up to the teacher. Throughout my foundation classes, I’ve figured out my teaching philosophy and what type of teacher I want to become. And in order for me to fulfill that I have to look back on what I've learned, have content and pedagogy and also my education experience. I know that my first day won’t be easy and I know it’s going to take some time, but I dare not give up on my dream and I dare not give up on our future generation. I will try my hardest to always be student-driven and become flexible in the classroom when need be.
- Spring '16
- Educational Psychology, History of education, Ms. Forrest