Teaching as a Profession: How I Perceived Classroom Experience and How It Really Turns Out to Be Narrative Essay by Nicky

Teaching as a Profession: How I Perceived Classroom Experience and How It Really Turns Out to Be
A narrative essay on a teaching experience within a middle school classroom.
# 149632 | 3,334 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 27, 2011 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Jr High/High School)

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This paper is a narrative on the experience of a student teacher with a classroom. The narrative takes place in a Long Island classroom and provides an overview of the persons experiences. Some of the personal experiences the writer provides are on the cynicism of veteran teachers or issues with student discipline. There is a section on the responsibilities of the student teacher as well as a critical review of various pedagogies. It concludes with a discussion on the teacher shortage in special education.

How I Approach My Responsibilities - To Inspire and Teach Others
Critical Incidents in Education - Introduction
Critical Incidents in Education - My Own Experiences
Why is There a Teacher Shortage in Special Education?

From the Paper:

"Still, I thought that even veteran teachers would be full of passion to meet the needs of the students. Most students are full of energy and desire to achieve, and they look to teachers as role models, which admittedly many teachers do not seem themselves that way. A fair share of teachers see themselves as authority figures engaged in their own style of pedagoguery. But in fact many teachers in my experience are far too dogmatic and traditional, unwilling to try new strategies or experiment with more modern models.
"After all schools are places where the individuals who will inherit the world - who will become the next national and community leaders - are receiving training that is pivotally important to their careers and lives. As I said, idealism is a good thing but it must be blended with reality, and working in a middle school is a deep dive into the reality of education today in America.
"I had my own classroom experiences in middle school and high school as references, plus many classes in education-related subjects in college, but I was not prepared for what I was to experience in the classroom. Frankly, I love being in the classroom, but it's something of a foreign place compared to the training one gets in preparation for being there day in and day out."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bandura, Albert. (1994). Self-efficacy. In V. S. Ramachaudran (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 4. New York: Academic Press, pp. 71-81
  • Dewey, John (2002). Waste in Education. In The School and Society (pp. 77-110).Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press.
  • Hanks, Tom. (2004). The Power of Four. Tom Hanks Commencement Address at Vassar College. Retrieved May 14, 2009, from http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/tomhanksvassar.htm.
  • Maxcy, Spencer J. (2002). Introduction. In John Dewey (author) The School and Society (p. xxviii). Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press.
  • McVittie, Emma. (2005). The Role of the Teaching Assistant: An Investigative Study to Discover if Teaching Assistants are Being Used Effectively to Support Children With Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools. Education 3-13, 33(3), 26-31.

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