“One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove.
But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child”. – Forest.E.
WitcraftA teacher everyday helps to mould and shape students’ lives in some way. He/she is constantly helping to broaden their mind, so that they can think in new ways. This is very rewarding in teaching profession to know that you are helping other constantly. Teachers are known to be nation builders. They influence young students greatly by their personality and character.
They enhance the lives of young children’s by using their teaching methods to deliver valuable information which will serve purpose throughout their lives. Someday these young people in the classroom will be all grownup. A teacher has the ability to help them learn the skills and ways of thinking that will be required when they are out there in the society. Those early lessons learned at school will have an effect on student’s interaction with others in society in the future. I aspire to be a teacher who is who can build strong and positive relationship with the students and has a trait of flexibility in teaching.The teacher student relationship is essential part of effective teaching. We all have went through schooling and fortunately have a favourite teacher.
Strong student teacher relationship develops lifelong relationships with his/her students. A positive relationship is must and is difficult to establish. I want to be a teacher who has the quality of good communication, respect in a classroom and one who shows interest in teaching so that, I can easily establish positive relationships. It is extremely important for a student to gain positive attitude for their future education. Classroom always consist of students with diverse personalities. Few students in classroom will grasp and learn quickly, but at the same time there will be few students who have to be repeatedly taught using different techniques, few students will just play around and use the school as entertainment. If students teacher relationships are not strong, teaching become difficult and challenging in these circumstances.
Relationship building between teacher and student will provide better atmosphere for a classroom environment. I strongly believe that, Stronger the relationship, more it will help a teacher to acquire information for those students who are struggling with specific tasks. A significant body of research indicates that “academic achievement and student behaviour are influenced by quality of the teacher and student relationship” (Jones, 1981). As a teacher, I would like my students to achieve a high level and accomplish quickly.
This goal can easily be achieved by developing relationships with students. In my opinion, if a teacher demonstrate an understanding of the student’s culture it will provide a better understanding of a teacher and a student. Every student in the classroom is a culturally located individual whose identity is shaped with their life experiences, interests,religious beliefs, gender and social background. Celebration of student’s culture helps in building strong relationships. Manaakitanga the first element of te kotahitanga advocates that teachers care for their students as culturally located human beings above all else.(The New Zealand curriculum,MoE,2017) I want to act as a guide, mediator, consultant, instructor and help to effectively connect their culture to the classroom learning experience. Culture is central to learning as it plays in role in communicating and receiving information thus helps in building strong and everlasting relationships with students.
I want to become a teacher who is flexible in her teaching approach. I have learnt from my teaching experiences that no two days are similar in a teacher’s life. Interruption and disruption are the “norm”, and no day is a “typical day”. Moreover, children are unpredictable by nature hence flexibility is needed to deal with these circumstance.
A flexible teacher is responsive to different learner abilities, needs and interest, such a teacher adapts easily to the classroom and chances of student participation and engagement increases, this further ensures that, no student is left behind.