Professional Knowledge Writing Prompts

WRITING PROMPT: Are you a teacher 24 hours a day? Why or why not?

I personally believe I am a teacher 24 hours a day, for several reasons:

a) The Teacher’s Code of Ethics applies to my actions and behaviours even now, when I am not yet a legitimate certified teacher. I am expected to act according to these set of rules, and to uphold respectable values that are expected of regular teachers.

b) During my employment at the Wynyardigans daycare center, I was constantly thinking of things I could incorporate into the kids’ time at the daycare, both on and off of work. As the designated window-painter, I was constantly designing window designs, and how to get the kids more interested in painting and group discussions about the topic. I am constantly self-evaluating how I could handle myself better around children; since, ultimately, I hope to become an inspiring role model for my students. Thoughts like these aren’t intentional, but rather second nature.

c) When I saw my peers struggling in high school, I would try to help them learn and understand the concepts presented.

d) After school, I would also try to help my siblings with homework, showing that I had a drive to help others learn.

e) In my opinion, teaching isn’t just a profession, but a lifestyle.

WRITING PROMPT: How does your own schooling experience compare with what you are learning in the shcools? What is changing? What is staying the same?

I am amazed by the absolute differences between the school where my field experience takes place (McLurg) and my own schooling experiences. The very physical makeup of the schools are different; While my elementary school was closed, McLurg is very much so an open school; There is no absolute shut-out classrooms. Every classroom has many doors and windows, and some areas don’t even have walls.

Photo Credit: Jack Amick via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Jack Amick via Compfight cc

Many things for me are changing. My views regarding student-teacher interactions are different, now. In my elementary school, where the Staff room was only accessible through one door, students were absolutely horrified at the thought of entering the secluded, secret place. Doors that allowed students to enter the schools themselves were separated from the schools by a porch area, that was often shut by one or two doors. There was one hallway connecting the classrooms, and each classroom had one door. This layout made the students feel as though they entered a room that was inescapable and almost separate from the rest of the community. Half the time, I didn’t even know the other grades’ faces because I never saw them.

Compared to the McLurg’s layouts, my elementary school seemed almost like an apartment building, where kids were to live five hours of the day. McLurg, on the other hand, is very open; Classrooms have multiple exits, with students and teachers constantly coming and going. This makes the school feel more user-friendly. The students and teachers are constantly communicating and helping one another. Being exposed to these radical differences in classrooms have broadened my views on how classrooms and students interact. My views on in-class behavior have stayed the same, however. No matter how the school’s physically set up, a general level of mutual respect should be maintained. Transitions between classes were a bit harder for kids to manage, but after they got settled down they generally worked.

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