My perception of education is that it must enrich the lives of students, regardless of their background, challenges, or learning abilities. It can arouse a lifetime commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, it can provide gratification at simply having knowledge about the world, and it can establish the groundwork individuals need in order to pursue a successful career, for the profession of teaching is what makes all other professions possible.
I believe that teaching should be a partnership, a partnership between the teacher or instructor and the parent(s) and/or guardian(s). In order to maximize the learning experience, each of these groups of people must play an integral role in ensuring that the learning experience is not only challenging, but also positive, impactful, and rewarding for all students.
Teachers carry the biggest burden of responsibility for they are the primary educator directly involved with the student. They not only must be a positive and supportive role model but they also must ensure that the needs of the individual are met and not get lost in meeting the needs of the group as a whole. In other words, because people learn differently it should not be assumed that one single way of teaching is sufficient for all students. A teacher must be able to employ a variety of teaching techniques and methods in order to maximize the learning experience. This also includes meeting the needs of students who are learning at a different pace.
Teachers also have a responsibility in making the classroom a safe and comfortable learning environment for their students. Because a child’s home life may be less than perfect, they should ever have to worry about entering a school where they do not feel comfortable in positively expressing themselves nor should they have to fear bullying from other classmates. A child who is not distracted by these worries is a child who is more focused on learning.