May 24, 2015
This was my first week of class and I am enjoying my journey. I have enjoyed everyone's introduction by using different websites. I found that a lot of the websites can certainly be useful in the classroom.
In our textbook, the author asks us if "teachers do make a difference?" I do believe that teachers can make or break a child. Teachers' definitely do set the tone from the beginning that they say good morning to the child. By taking the time and shaking the child's hand and greeting them by name, makes such a difference in how their day can and will go. We have to remember that we don't always know what has happened to that child before they walk through that door.
I wish I could say that I had a wonderful school experience when I was growing up, but sadly it was quite different. I attended a Catholic school when the nuns were teaching and they were very strict. Sadly, their form of discipline was very embarrassing and I never understood why they thought that was okay to do anyone. It certainly wasn't a self esteem builder. I can attest to this as I was the recipient of their discipline. I feel that these strategies of teaching were archaic at best and I know that I have a lot compassion towards students who do difficulty understanding what is asked of them.
This is why differentiated instruction is so important and helpful. This type of instruction helps to accommodate learner differences. The teacher who embraces this type of instruction can honestly say that these are opportunities, not problems.
My hope is that I will make a difference in a child's life and have the compassion my wonderful teachers at the Mount have shown me.