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Educational Position Paper

  • Submitted by: skizzilau17
  • on December 3, 2008
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 1,967 words

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Educational Position Paper

Throughout my time at University of Connecticut’s School of Education, through field experience, and lessons in EDCI 3000, I have learned a lot about myself as a future teacher. I have learned to recognize the characteristics of an admirable teacher. Through my reading of Teaching Towards Freedom by William Ayers, I have learned the importance of freedom and democracy and its role toward the decisions we make as teachers. I’ve come to realize the various resources that I have to bring to the classroom, as well as the many resources I still hope to attain before entering the classroom in a few short years. I’ve also come to recognize the resources my students bring, as individuals and as a community, to the classroom as well. This essay will review these themes as well as my continued growth as a future teacher, as I strive to establish my own philosophy of education.
Many times over, I have been asked to consider what it means to be a “good teacher.” In this assessment, I have considered physical, mental, and emotional attributes that contribute to a positive, effective learning environment in order to define what it means to be a good teacher. Throughout my experiences in the School of Education, this opinion has changed, several times, and the traits that I recognize as important have shifted. However, I still maintain a basic overview in defining what it means to be a good teacher. William Ayers writes in the first chapter of his book Teaching Toward Freedom: “Think of the teacher who extends the hand of possibility. Whoever you are, wherever you’ve been, whatever you’ve done, this teacher invites transformation—there is still something more” (Ayers 2). As I take in these powerful words, I think to our first discussion in EDCI 3000. The objective of this particular meeting was to identify the traits of admirable teachers, and throughout our discussion I realized that the epitome of admirable teachers was sitting right in front of...

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