Free Essay on Teacher
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Free Essay on Teacher
I feel that the greatest challenge that I face as a teacher will be dealing with the individual diversities of my students and learning to see them individually. I plan to be a Special Education teacher and each child has particular problems. One may be an ADHD student, while another may have behavioral problems. Another may have a reading disability, but also come from a home of poverty and family problems. Each child has their own set of circumstances in life over which they have no control.
As a substitute teacher in many public schools I have experienced many situations and heard many “stories”. I know of one student who was forced to watch her father commit suicide while she was tied to a bathroom toilet. Another came to school with her hair in disarray. When mom was addressed with this issue, she said that rats were living in the child’s hair and the only way to get them out was to cut them out. Actual RATS!!! Mom’s boyfriend was sexually abusing one child. I’ve had students with heads full of fleas as well as children who had severe lice. The parents were angry that their kids were not allowed back in school until it was dealt with and often say that they do not have time to deal with it. They act like it’s OUR fault.
Family issues are a major source of problems for the children, as well. Single parent homes, where the mother/father is the sole caretaker, children who haven’t seen their mothers/fathers in years, parents who have to work late every evening leaving no one to help a struggling child with homework, mom’s problems with her violent boyfriend, child sexual abuse” you just never know what these children are going through at home. While not all of the students will have these types of problems, many do. How can a child be expected to come to school, have a good attitude and be excited about learning under these circumstances?
I think that the first way that I can prepare myself to deal with these problems is to get as much training and experience as possible before I start teaching. Classroom observation will be important in order to learn how experienced teachers deal with these situations. I realize that not every teacher will handle things appropriately, but most will and I can benefit from their experience. I have the utmost confidence that Southeastern will prepare me well.
Also, I think that having a compassionate attitude is very important. Although I can not allow these problems to bring class progress to a halt, I need to be able to take time to talk with students who have problems, talk to the parents about ways to solve problems, and talk to my school administrators about how they would like for me to deal with these issues. I will rely heavily upon their input in such matters. I am determined to be a good teacher. I’m not looking to change the world, and yet “I would like to make a difference somewhere along the way. But, it’s not about me” it’s about them. RIGHT?