If I may borrow EDS111 quote, “Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny – C.S. Lewis”. Taking this course is one of the many hardships an educator has to overcome, but it is well worth it! 🙂
Indeed, the assignments, tasks and group activities we participated in were just a preparation for the real challenge, that is being in a classroom full of students who were eager to learn and making a difference in their lives. Aside from content mastery, an effective teacher knows how to reflect, always finding ways to improve, takes into consideration student diversity, good in classroom management and who also keeps abreast with the changing time.
A teacher is also teachable who participates in Professional Learning Communities, Lifelong Learning and Personal Development and also takes into consideration the different teaching perspective.
There are a lot of highlights of this class. From the readings, I took particular interest in TPACK and how it can be utilized for 21st century learners. The resource materials regarding Student Diversity (Bilingualism, Acceleration, Poverty and Handling Misbehavior, Cultural Differences, etc.) have also taught me on how to respect every student regardless of their background giving each child an equal opportunity to learn.
This course also paved way for new friendships and relationships. I hope to continue to open the communication with the members of my group and other classmates as well who I had a pleasure of knowing.
I hope to learn more about making an instruction plan and lesson planning. I have 9 more units to go but I already feel a step closer to becoming a professional educator.
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