Tonight I stumbled on this TED Talk. I’ve known for a while that I want to be a teacher, but since beginning my journey in Lethbridge, I know. I can’t really explain how what I know now is any different from what I knew before. I suppose prior to my degree, I thought I wanted to teach because I love math and science (which I undoubtedly do). However, I’ve realized that I love to teach because
- I love children
- I love to see wonder and awe in young minds
- I love the look of inquiry in a learners eyes that passion and drive to seek the answer
- I love to see how much a person can grow in a very short time
I just plain love to teach. Even though my internship is not until September and I have been in summer classes since the beginning of May when PSII ended, my mind constantly wanders to my upcoming PSIII. I can’t wait to be in a classroom, with students. I can confidently say that it is an area where I feel most comfortable, most at home.
I’ve found many sources of inspiration throughout my year and I have grown so much, but this TED Talk that I am sharing with you tonight is truly a gem. Rita Pierson discusses every child’s need for a champion – as teachers we can be, we are, that champion. How do we be a champion for our students? We build relationships, that’s how. Relationships built on integrity and authenticity are unbelievably vital to student learning and a positive learning community in the classroom. I will take Rita’s powerful message with me into my PSIII and career as a teacher and build a classroom community centered on authentic relationships, where students feel safe to make mistakes, comfortable asking questions and excited to learn.
Until next time,