Today I was inspired by a book a writer made available through noisetrade. This book was called You are a Writer (so start acting like one. While I do not consider myself a writer and have neither the time nor energy to devote to that task, I am inspired by this concept. My nametag, application records, graduation status, and personal mindset all tell me that I am a student teacher. While this is a correct manner to classify my position technically and professionally, if I apply this to my personal mindset about how I work, it becomes detrimental. I am not merely a student teacher performing student teacher duties.
I am a teacher.
I, Alex Ellis, am a teacher.
I am a professional.
I have been trained and produce quality work according to the state’s standards.
I am not lazy, mediocre college student anymore.
This revelation collided with my behavior today, and the disparity saddened me. But it also motivated me. I now desire to not only learn from my cooperating teachers, but to surpass them by the end of the semester. “Is this even possible?” Yes. I must devote my efforts and focus unto this task of growing myself daily and preparing sufficiently to be a great teacher. Not just a teacher, not even just a good teacher, but a great teacher. By the grace of God, I carry this potential. He can mold me into a great teacher, but I must work as Paul did, harder than the rest toward this goal. I was a lazy bum in college that played that game of school, getting by and learning the minimum. My career begins now.
The largest area that faces me right now is classroom management. I have been steadily learning techniques from Coach Taylor as he sees need for them all, but I have not taken enough initiative on myself to develop myself into a great teacher.
Currently, I don’t have the students’ respect. In their eyes, I am a student teacher who can be a pushover, and they treat me accordingly. So how can I earn their respect? I am not a 6’3” 300 lb football coach,
but still I must demand their respect.
What can I use?
-for the English language
-for communicating well
-for poems that make me love and savor life
-for speaking in such a way that inspires students to become better
my kindness and my caring heart:
this will certainly come later after I have already established my authority
a father who loves his son certainly disciplines him, this must come first,
but only because I genuinely care about each individual’s well being.
Not tolerating misbehavior from the beginning:
At the beginning of my student teaching I was certainly intimidated.
I let the students talk more than I should and I let them get away with more than they should have.
Two more methods that I must focus on are creating a relevant engaging curriculum that draws their attention and to keep the pace such that the energy doesn’t degenerate into unfocused chatter. These are two practical ways I can practice this.
While this list was unorganized, it helps me think. Thats pretty much what I think this has to be, my thoughts typed and recorded. I can typer way faster than I can write. That alone is a good enough reason to use technology.
I must believe that I have something to offer to the students. I do. I facilitate and inspire.
I am a teacher. Surely, I am a teacher.