I want to be a teacher and educator first and foremost because I am passionate about working with children. I love being able to help students understand a difficult concept and being able to see their faces when everything finally comes together. I know the students I will be teaching are our future, and they deserve the best possible instruction, which I will be able to provide to them.
I am an ardent advocate of second language development. I believe it is important to learn both official languages to be able to communicate effectively in anywhere in our Country . I want to instruct children in the French language and have them appreciate learning not only a second language but to also to be able to appreciate the French culture. Growing up in Ottawa, I gained an appreciation of the importance of being able to communicate in two languages, not only as a result of the bilingual nature of the region but also as host to tourists from both other parts of the Country and other countries. As well, I was hired by a family who had recently immigrated from China to teach them French as a second language and to introduce them to cultures of both the English and French communities.
As a teacher, I will always try to ensure that my lessons are engaging for students by including interactive activities, such as manipulatives, videos, presentations, slideshows, group work, etc. I will constantly try to involve the students and make certain they are interested in learning.
Professionalism is an important aspect in the classroom, and is something that both teachers and students must uphold. I believe that as a teacher, it is important to act professional at all times. I believe that students have more respect for a teacher whose demeanor is professional. Students do not need a teacher to be their friend, but rather they need to know that the person instructing them is knowledgeable in the subject matter.
During my own elementary education, I found the more I was able to actively participate in a class, the more I was able to take something away from the class. The classes where typically the teacher stood at the front of the classroom lecturing students were the classes I did not find enjoyable and would do poorly in. I found the classes that kept me engaged with group work or hands-on activities were the ones I enjoyed and excelled in. It was important for me to be able to use my imagination and create something to share. It was the teachers that used this method that I still remember with fondness today.
During my practicum, I learned that I was able to use many interactive teaching methods when instructing the grade 4-math class. Having hands on activities for the students to participate in was something I strongly believe in. During one lesson in the geometry unit, I brought in pattern blocks and had students manipulate the blocks into varying geometric shapes. In another geometry class, I brought in geo-boards for the students to construct geometric patterns with. Having these dynamic activities engaged the students and allowed them to fully participate in my lessons. I will continually strive to find activities such as these because I believe that when students are fully engaged in a lesson and actively participating, they are better suited to learn and grasp the concepts.