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...