Of teaching it has been said, "there is no craft more privileged. To awaken in another human being powers, dream's beyond one's own; to induce in others a love for that which one loves; to make of one's inward present their future; that is a threefold adventure like no other." (Steiner) As a teacher, I am a builder of dreams. It is my responsibility to provide the tools, the knowledge, and the encouragement that allow each student to construct a reality of their own dreams. I am a window to new worlds. I bring an enthusiasm and passion for the English language that foster greater appreciation in the minds of my students. I am keeper of the future. I nurture the beauty of my students' best selves; I help them strive toward the person they will become.
Teaching is not the routine spouting of rote knowledge; rather it is a partnership with the students one works with. To be an educator of today's youth is to be in a position of accountability: accountability to school officials, to parents, and most importantly, to the students themselves. To be an effective teacher, I must come prepared to meet the needs of those who rely on me. Through knowledge of the common core curriculum, I meet the needs of school officials. Through communication and knowledge, I meet the concerns of parents. Through understanding and differentiated instruction, I meet the needs of my students and open doors to a brighter future. If my students are not learning as I teach, then it is my responsibility to come up with other ways to present the information. As I match my instruction to the students' learning styles, they will be more successful. I provide a variety of learning activities -- including journaling, opportunities for discussion and debate, and scaffolding activities to help build a foundation of knowledge and understanding.
Because I want my students to be successful -- within the walls of my classroom and later as productive adults -- I must teach to specific standards. It is important that I present the information that these youth will need in order to be functioning members of society. There are certain essentials that each student needs to know in order to survive adulthood. At the same time, these essentials are best paired with the knowledge of how they fit within the context of the students' own realities. I pair these essentials with reality through the use of informational texts, guest speakers, and hands-on learning opportunities. Guided discussions open doors for students to build their own context of learning.
I am a builder of dreams, a window to new worlds, and a keeper of the future. I am a teacher, and I change the world.