Something I think about often is the main goal of teachers becoming teachers. I know a large portion of English Ed sees their role as a teacher as someone who teaches students to be "people" and in turn make a more accepting society. A lot of us feel that we can talk about taboo or impactful topics through English/literature in a way that other subjects can't or don't have the opportunity to do so... how do people of other subjects feel about this? Do you as a future science or math teacher feel the call to improve your students as humans/a greater society, and if so, how do you see yourself doing that?
One of the English Ed teachers showed us this last semester and I think it really works well with this question you have proposes Leah. I think sometimes we believe that our subject has to be the thing that changes a student's life and makes them a better human, but I believe that it is not our subject or what we teach them but how we teach and treat them. We are, as people, a huge influence on student's lives and it is our ability to reach them through our actions and our morals that makes them better people.
Hi guys. With respect to Leah's thoughtful question, History is another subject from which many types of stories are derived that can inform and enlighten a learner. Whether one is researching the history of the Spanish American War, voting rights of women, or gay rights, the variety of topics is unlimited. My goal as a teacher would be to present these stories in a manner that will generate student discussion, understanding, and critical analysis, not necessarily, agreement and acceptance.
Post by hannahhiester on Jan 19, 2016 12:31:22 GMT -5
Great video, HannahParker! I think a lot of what both you and wmm12d say is true. A lot of being a teacher is about encouraging students to think for themselves and setting an example they can follow. As a science teacher, one of my goals is to get students to think critically about science. One example is to help them develop the tools to determine the validity and credibility of a piece of science they encounter in say a news report or online and so then make their decisions in an informed manner. I suspect that getting students to evaluate an argument is common across subjects with, perhaps, slight subject specific nuances.
Post by colemanaj1776 on Jan 19, 2016 18:30:05 GMT -5
I agree that History teaching history has unlimited topics and can lead to discussion over agreement. My personal goal as a teacher is to develop students to be more actively involved in their community and nation (i.e voting, getting informed, etc)
I think we can all agree that curriculum will not be the only important subject taught to our students. I personally feel that it's equally important to establish a good personal relationship with my students which will set the foundation of the teaching/learning process. So my goal as a teacher is to provide opportunities for my students to increase their knowledge of the subject as well as being sensitive to their needs and providing constant feedback to encourage growth.