I Believe in the Power of Education

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X

Purpose of schooling:

            As a pre-service teacher, my interpretations about the intentions of formal education are mostly derived from my student experiences. I believe the motive of dignified education is to provide society’s youth with the opportunities to grow their identities and develop their skills while being supported and empowered to push their limits by encouraging adult role models. Schools should provide a sense of belonging to every individual involved and acknowledge the success and safety of their students as their primary priority. It is important that while at school, students are able to study curriculum topics to assist them in their future studies, students are taught valuable life lessons and how to properly interact with society, they are exposed to a vast variety of activities, they are included in social interactions with people from various backgrounds and that they are challenged to continually push themselves and strive for their personal bests. Most importantly, schools should be a place where everyone is welcomed and encouraged to cooperate together in an environment that strives to reveal each child’s potential.

“The fundamental purpose of school is learning not teaching.”

Richard DuFour

A Teacher’s Role:

                Teachers are responsible for preparing society’s youth with the social and academic essentials to be successful members of their communities in their futures. As a pre-service teacher, I believe that it is my duty to provide students with an environment where they feel acknowledged and have the resources they require to be individually successful. I believe I must first respect and believe in my students in order to gain their trust and develop honourable relationships. It is then my responsibility to be the lead learner in my classroom as I plan engaging lessons and approach each day excited to be challenged and open to learning from my students as I strive to have them learn from me. It is important that I make each of my students feel welcomed and appreciated and adjust my teaching styles to the individual needs of each student to provide fair opportunities to learn. My goal is to encourage and assist each of my students to perform to the best of their individual potentials. As a preservice teacher, I love to learn and I desire to help others enjoy learning as they work to obtain educations to assist them in their futures.

“Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first to loves together.”

Scott Hayden

My learners:

                All students are unique and will come to my classroom with an abundance of knowledge from various backgrounds and personal life experiences. Each student will have individual strengths, weaknesses, interests, and abilities that allow them to learn in different ways and direct their interests in the classroom. Every student deserves opportunities to explore topics independently and collaboratively while being encouraged to critically think for themselves and challenge their personal brains. My learners will need structure and routine to prepare them for experiences outside of the classroom but they also require choice and freedom within the methods of which they learn to ensure they are able to explore topics in ways that meet their personal interests. Most importantly, every child is capable of learning and thinking for themselves, and has the right to obtain an education.

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think”

Albert Einstein