“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” – Plato
Regardless of the level that one is teaching, I believe the goal in the profession of teaching is to cause learning accompanied by a certain level of enjoyment, thereby inviting voluntary engagement. An educator must know how to create a learning environment that takes into consideration the diversity that the students offer. Each pupil’s background and experience will be unique; however, the objectives and expectations remain the same for any given course. A challenge? Yes. Impossible? No.
My skills as an educator are effective in creating the motivation that stirs their curiosity and cultivates the learning that needs to occur in order for them to be successful. It is my belief that a passionate and effective educator knows how to communicate their love of the content to their students, and more importantly, is capable of helping them achieve success. Education is a selfless profession, but tremendously internally rewarding when done genuinely.
In order to continually remain capable of the above-mentioned success, an educator must regularly stay apprised of current curriculum, research and culture. By no means is this an easy task as it is dynamic by nature, but if indeed an educator is passionate about their curriculum and the success of their students, it occurs almost by habit.
The often forgotten gift of being a lifelong educator is that we too are students who are forever learning. Because if we wish to be of value to our students in our world of progress and change, we must vow to always remain curious, be objective in thought and always have a belief that each student has the potential to be successful if only we can find a path to their genius. In vowing to remember what it is to be a student, we can be a better educator.