thinking like a teacher, not a student

In ECS 100, I remember my professor telling us that in the Faculty of Education, we are being prepared for the field by being taught how to think like teachers instead of students. Her example:

-a student-thinker will blame things on others. “That prof is such a hard marker!” “Their class is boring.” “I got the bad seminar leader.” and on and on and on…

whereas…
-a teacher-thinker will always reflect back upon their own actions. “They’re right, I didn’t go deep enough.” “Next time, I will know how to properly format my thesis.” “I didn’t realize I was doing it wrong, but now I know the correct way.” “What has this taught me?/What is the point of this class for me as an aspiring teacher?”

I have seen more student-thinkers among my Education peers than I would like to admit. And I can be one myself sometimes, too. But I am just a first year, and so are they. We still have a long way to go. And I ALWAYS cheer myself on by telling myself how a class (that may SEEM pointless and boring and useless to others) can link to Education or how it is shaping me or helping me on my journey towards being an educator. 

At their very roots, the student-thinker and the teacher-thinker are bathed in opposite lights of pessimism and optimism. Maybe this is why I am finding it easy to shift into teacher-thinking: because I am a natural optimist, and, by definition, education is an optimistic field. This takes me back to the topic of my previous post about epiphanies.

One of the girls at my group said: There is no way we can change society as a whole. 
And my response was: That’s not the point of a teacher. It may be the ultimate goal of education to better society on a grand scale, but a teacher can make a difference by changing or helping ONE child. And maybe that child will affect another person, and so on and so forth. That is what will make a change. 

(As I write this, I find myself hoping that my points are showing my passion, and not just coming off as cheesy. But I can’t even describe how strongly I feel for education and being part of the faculty. It is bursting from my chest and seeping out of every pore I have. My greatest goal is to become an amazing teacher and I don’t see any way that I, or anyone else in the program, can do that without open-mindedness and optimism). 

The point of this post is to self-proclaim an improvement within myself, to celebrate a success.

A few days ago, I found myself telling my mom how “my ECS prof is a hard marker,” which may very well be true. But that isn’t the point. I was placing MY mark as HER responsibility, when the truth is, I just didn’t go deep enough. There is always room for improvement! And now that I have got my feet wet with critical thinking, I am hoping that my next mark will see improvement due to my personal improvements.

In fact, I am not hoping, I am making it a goal! And that is what education is all about.

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