The Right To Learn
Below is an excerpt from a reading reflection I wrote on Linda Darling-Hammond, which I feel summarizes my goals as an educator. It reiterates my feelings regarding the need for teachers to facilitate the growth of our students as active learners and to focus on the process of learning and not just the product.
Teaching Students How To Learn
Learning to me is the gaining of knowledge and the growth that comes with actively processing and applying that knowledge. One learning experience that I vividly remember was in my biology class in high school. My teacher was extremely passionate about the subject and it resonated throughout her teaching. She made learning so interesting and definitely created an environment that encouraged me to want to learn more on my own. In a similar fashion, I hope to portray my passion for physical fitness, health, and an active lifestyle to the students that I teach and hope that they are inspired just as I was. I look forward to understanding more about the actual process of learning and how to become an effective teacher by using different methods that reach out and connect with all the different types of learning styles. As an educator, my objective will be to not only teach students the skills and concepts of fitness and of being physically active as a child, but more importantly to teach them the skills they need to continue to be active and fit for the rest of their lives.