Professor Sharon Poag
EDUC 6610 Teacher as a Professional
April 22nd 2010
A scholar who loves comfort is not fit to be called a scholar. (Confucius, Analects). The success or failure of my students is in my ability to learn and make the necessary changes to become an assertive and high performance teacher. I have realized that change is inevitable.
I have been teaching for almost 16 years, and only now do I realize, I have a lot to learn and improve. When I first started contemplating the idea of obtaining a Master Degree, I just wanted to have a degree to move on to a position that did not involve the classroom work. I was very discouraged, disappointed and tired of dealing with the students, the parents and a curriculum that in my opinion was not designed to help the students. After starting the program my whole perspective and thoughts have changed drastically.
Being a part of Walden’s Community of learners has broadened my horizons and opened doors of knowledge I did not know was possible. Walden’s professors, students and educational resources have helped me reconnect with the passion that drove me to become a teacher in the first place. In addition, Walden’s mission statement captures all my desires and gives me the opportunity to become an assertive and high performance educator. The knowledge and insights I have obtained in only my first course, EDUC 6610 Teacher as a Professional, is incredible. I feel energized, and I have fallen in love with my profession all over again. It has helped me to see my students, my school, my community and society from a different perspective. I am on my way to be a high performing and assertive teacher, who loves her profession and looks forward for the success of all her students, despite their lack of knowledge, family history, economic status or mental and/or physical disabilities.
This course has affected my life in many ways. I have experienced growth not only in my teaching’s practices, but how I view and teach my students. To illustrate this, I will like to narrate an experience I hope will demonstrate the true changes this learning experience has brought to my career. At the beginning of this course, I had my formal evaluation, which turned out to be a disaster. My evaluator was very disappointed and concerned, but offered me the chance to have a second evaluation. As I kept teaching and learning from the articles and resources from this course week after week, I believed I was becoming a better teacher. A week ago I was observed again, and to my surprise after the observation, my evaluator stood up and applauded me, for the wonderful time she spent in my room. She expressed to me the total transformation I had made, and that I now was a true candidate for “Teacher of the Year" award. She was so impressed that she hugged me and could not stop complimenting me on my teaching style. I was impressed and speechless, because I could not believe how much I had changed, and how much this course has impacted my teaching practices.
I believe this learning experience has started a positive change in my professional perspective and teaching practices. I feel empowered to reach and teach my students in a positive manner. I once thought meetings were boring and a waste of time, until I realized I needed to change my way of thinking and refresh my mission in my classroom. I needed to realize I was not a high performing teacher, but instead, a very negative, mediocre teacher. I did the basics to be rated as “proficient" and not "excellent". "Teacher as Professional", opened my eyes and mind to what it is truly to be a teacher. My perspective have changed: I know that as a teacher I have the responsibility and obligation to prepare my students. To give them a learning experience with excellent teaching. Also, I now know that I am not a “lone ranger”, I must build...