- Inclusive education involves the inclusion of all students, regardless of disabilities.
- While it may prove to be difficult to include all students at times, it is vital that all students feel accepted and safe in their school environment.
- The inclusion of students with disabilities not only benefits the disabled students, but the entire student base.
- Inclusive education promotes the acceptance of those who are different, therefore bringing a sense of diversity into the classroom and school setting.
What It Means To Be A Teacher:
- Teaching is not a 9:00-3:00 job. There is so much more to being a teacher than simply showing up and instructing students.
- Teachers plan, practice, organize, instruct, and lead by example.
- The title of being a teacher comes with huge responsibilities. Being responsible for provided youth with an education is inspiring and frightening at the same time.
- Teachers not only teach students how to read, write, and do math. They teach them how to socialize, respects others and themselves, and so much more.
- Teachers must understand that in order to be effective in their career, they must develop relationships with their students that are built around honesty and trust.
- The job is not always glamorous. There will be days filled with stress and frustration. Sometimes teachers will feel like giving up, but it is vital that they don’t because some of the best days follow the tough ones.
Technology In The Classroom:
- The introduction of technology in the classroom has both its benefits and downfalls.
- Benefits: increased engagement, encourages individualized learning, resourceful, time efficient, increased communication, gain life skills, cost effective, etc.
- Downfalls: begin to rely on technology, students become lazy, distracting, unreliable at times, etc.
- Technology has become dominant in many classrooms, therefore it must be used appropriately in order to be seen as being a positive tool.
Different Approaches To Education:
- Every student is unique, therefore the ways in which they learn is also unique.
- Some students like to read information from text books in order to take in information, while other students need a more hands on approach to understand certain concepts.
- Teachers must be willing and able to educate students in a variety of ways that work best for their class as a whole.
- The panel of 5 teachers at different stages in their careers gave me a lot of insight into teaching in general.
- The main things I learnt were that sometimes things will get tough and you will be stressed and tired, but if you’re able to push through all the doubt and negative thoughts, you will see the benefits.
- Many of the teachers on the panel didn’t always want to be teachers and therefore they gave interesting input as to how they chose this career path.
- One of the panelists works with the deaf and hard of hearing program and spoke about the importance of cultivating relationships with the students.
- We also discussed where to draw the line between personal and professional life. It can be difficult to separate the two and I learnt that it is up to the teacher to determine for themselves how open they want to be about their personal life to their students.
- From this panel experience, my eyes were opened to so many aspects of teaching that I was not aware of before and I feel that I having heard from real teachers was a great way to finish off my ECS 100 class.