Throughout high school I was blessed with the most understanding and encouraging teachers. I have had teachers give me carfare, find me after school jobs, pick me up and drive me home from school, even go to the doctor with me because I was scared. At the time I did not realize how blessed I was, because I thought what they did was just what teachers in high school did. They extended themselves to many students, not just me. The experiences I have had while attending school helped me to develop a sense of community and responsibility to help others.
I was given so much by so many, and I know there was no way I would have been able to continue my education without that help. I also know that hardships and challenges at home can be a barrier to learning that can be overcome, as long as there are people willing to care and be supportive. The teachers I had also, helped guide me to become a critical thinker and problem solver with the ability to effectively communicate my ideas both verbally and in writing. One of the main things I want for my students is for them to be able to think critically about what they know and apply that knowledge to new situations.
As a teacher, my task is to continue to search for more effective ways to challenge students to exceed the limits of their perceived potential, while encouraging them to thoroughly learn fundamental concepts. I also have a responsibility to encourage students to be leaders as well as participants in class. My goal is to ensure that students are motivated to take control of their education and trained to give feedback as well as receive it. Students should know that they are effectual and accountable for their learning experience, and at the end of their time with me, have tangible evidence of their accomplishments and reference materials for future study. Students should be held to high expectations, not only by me but especially by themselves.