We learn by teaching. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious. I believe that learning can be done in many different capacities; however, it takes a strong blend of certain personal characteristics and instructional techniques to become an effective teacher. Being a basketball player myself I could stand in front of a gathering of students and teach them successfully how to dribble a basketball but it is much more difficult than that. Students are as different as snowflakes, each with many characteristics different than the other.
To use the analogy of a key and lock, the key being the presentation of the material and the lock being the students, I feel that many teachers try to use the same key on different locks. That does not really work.
“In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn” – Phil Collins
I believed in having a strong relationship with my students. During my tutoring experience I realized how important it is to hear what the kids want to share. By demonstrating a certain level of compassion for my students, they felt more comfortable with me as a teacher.
By nurturing their open minds, a teacher can be successful. It is important to let the students ask questions and let them think for themselves. At a young age, children are full of imagination and ideas, and too often teachers take their intuitive instinct away from them by not letting them share their ideas or punishing them when they make a mistake out of the exploration of their imagination.
I believe that setting goals has got me where I am today and that the concept of goal setting should be reinforced. Without goals students are apt to stray from little educational endeavors that end up being the little holes that sunk the big ship.
In high school, I was a student who was at the top of the class in subjects that I enjoyed and mediocre in subjects that I did not find appealing. As a teacher I want to make students enjoy my class no matter what their interests, by finding a common ground between their interests and the material.
I come from a strong teaching background. The skills that I have learned by watching my mother teach, gives me confidence as I enter the teaching profession. And the most inspiring individual aside from my family was my high school math teacher. Aside from being my teacher, he was a motivator and a role model. His teaching methods and his passion for teaching were unparalleled.
The job of educators is to prepare students for the next level and in my experience preparation is a key. Self-Directed Learning made the teachers act more as guides than broken records, and let the students learn to manage their own time, set goals, and work effectively in a group setting.
By Digisha Kothari – Educational Specialist
(Member of Mindspark Development Team)