Ahead By A Century

Becoming A Teacher

December 14, 2009
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I’ve seen the above video several times now and it always has a profound impact on me. Today, I found this Q&A with Sir Ken Robinson and I was blown away. He says so many things that I want to say, but he expresses them better than I ever could. He also brings up a lot of fascinating points that I had never even considered before. It is something that I plan on reading over and over again as I get ready to pursue a career in education.

I just finished my first semester of graduate school. In her comments on my final paper for her class, a professor told me that something I wrote should become my new “credo” and I should post it all over my workspace:

“When a child says that school is boring, they are telling us that their creative abilities are being squandered…. Educators need to nurture the inventiveness of each and every one of our students because that is what they are asking us to do. They want to create works of art. They want to explore their world. They want to discover patterns within their world.”

This time next year, I will be getting ready to student teach. I am excited, but seems so far away. I just want to get into the classroom right now. At the same time, I am scared. I am scared I won’t be able to live up to my expectations. I am scared I won’t be able to handle a classroom of 25-30 kids. I’ve heard all the horror stories.

But I think it is good to be afraid. Anything worth doing should come with both fear and excitement. Those are the feelings that let me know I am on the right track.

I think this theme of nurturing each child’s individual creativity is one that I will come back to again and again in this blog. I already have a few concrete ideas for how to do this within my classroom and my assignments. Those will be topics for future posts.