On Tuesday, we had a guest come to class to speak to us about teaching class, and what works best for her. I really enjoyed hearing her discussion on lessons, class time, and teaching in a low-income and low-performing school. I have a dream of teaching on the reservation because I love working with kids who need the most help and attention. I went to a Catholic and Private high school where every student seemed well-behaved, and every student excelled in some way. But…that is so boring. The graduation rate at St. Thomas More is 100 percent, average GPA… 3.4 – 3.5 and college attendance is almost 90 percent. There was never much of a challenge for students or teachers. I want a challenge!! If I am going to spend time with students on a daily basis, I want to know each of them, know their weaknesses, and know how they can improve. I think because of my n=background, I would make a great teacher on the reservation. I have no sympathy. I have seen people with crappy lives, and know that there is a way to rise from the ashes. I want students to know that I want more than anything to get them out of a rut or out of a bad situation and teach them how to live a good and happy life. I see no purpose in knowing what a comma is if the student is a bad person. Schools are to be used for more than standardized testing, and more than getting a good grade and going to college. They should be used to make our students better people. I think that our class speaker made it obvious that she wants to make students better people and that she embraces the school and students that she has, and makes adjustments to relate to them.
Student relationships are the most important aspect of teaching. If I can create a lasting relationship with my students, I would consider my year a success. Our speaker really showed us how to be good teachers with friendly relationships with their students. I am excited to see what kind of lasting relationships with my students and see what effect I can make on them and what they can do for me.