Reflection

To me reflection is an integral part of life, I believe if we do not reflect on situations then we will never learn. When writing reflection allows the reader to get an insight into who you are as a person, it allows the reader to have a deeper insight into the situation making them feel like they are going through this. Reflecting allows you to draw upon past experiences and come to a point whereby you can portray your point of view. Being reflective allows the reader to be critical of themselves or of a situation which happens through processing our thoughts. When writing it is important to be reflective as this shows the reader exactly what happened as you can put feeling and emotion into the writing whereas if you do not reflect and just describe a situation the reader may find it lifeless and uninteresting.

Professionalism

Oxford Dictionaries definitions (no date) states integrity means:

“The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.”

I believe a teacher must show integrity as they are trusted by many parents/carers to not only teach their child but also to look after and care for their child during school hours. A teacher with strong morals is likely to pass these on to children who look up to them and see them as a role model (which they may not have at home). I believe if a teacher is not honest with themselves or others around them then this makes them unprofessional and untrustworthy.

The term patience means:

“The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.” (Oxford Dictionaries definitions, no date)

Being in the teaching profession it is essential that you have patience, children will not always follow your instruction however, being a professional you must remain calm and handle the situation. Parents/carers may also test a teacher’s patience it is crucial that you remain professional and explain situations to parents without seeming aggressive.

Oxford Dictionaries definitions (no date) states tolerance means:

“The ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with.”

Tolerance for a teacher is a significant part of their role, teachers must tolerate children’s behaviours (even when they are challenging) and understand that each child may not come from a stable home environment. Teachers have to be tolerant in regards to parents/carers as they may disagree with your choices and challenge you upon this, teachers must remain professional and defend their decision in a professional format.

The term fairness means:

“Impartial and just treatment or behaviour without favouritism or discrimination.” (Oxford Dictionaries definitions, no date)

It is essential that teachers are fair in all decisions they make, teachers must not stereotype the children or classify them in regards to gender, ethnicity or class. Teachers must avoid having favourites and treat all children the same regardless of their abilities or background.

Oxford Dictionaries definitions (no date) states empathy means:

“The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.”

Teachers must have empathy in regards to understanding that children all come from different home lives. Teachers must be approachable and allow children to express their feeling freely without judgement. Teachers should let the children know that if they have concerns that this information must be passed on however if not it will be kept confidential.

 

References

Oxford Dictionaries definitions (English) (no date) in Oxford Dictionary. Available at : http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/ (Accessed 13 October 2015).

 

 

Professionalism and the Online World

What challenges/opportunities you may be faced with when marrying the personal vs the professional presence on social media?

I think in the profession of teaching you need to be extremely careful about how you act in the online world. Teachers are human and are entitled to have a life out with the classroom, which GTC Scotland recognise. However, teachers must also remember that what they post online can affect their career and that anything posted online is there for life even if you delete it from your account. There are various challenges teachers will come across with social media such as students/parents trying to add you as a friend and your own friends becoming unhappy that you are unwilling to let them tag you in a photo or status. I personally believe having just one account for both personal and professional life is much healthier as there is no confusion of which account you should be posting certain aspects of your life on. However, I believe teachers should make all aspects of their social media sites private and explain to friends that you have to protect your career so there are certain things which cannot be broadcasted to the online world. I believe that parents or even colleagues may question your decision to be using social media within the classroom as a teaching aide for children. However, as a teacher you need to be able to explain and justify the reasons why you are using these resources. Although some teachers may become sceptical of using their personal social media sites and expressing their opinions, I believe as long as it is done in a professional manner that is polite then this is acceptable.

How are the challenges/opportunities afforded by social media framed? How will you frame things – positive or deficit viewpoint?

The media has a greater role to play now than it ever has before, it can affect many professionals lives including those of teachers. The media grasp onto aspects of individuals lives and can interpret situations to be more extreme than what they are. There are many cases of teachers having inappropriate relationships with either pupils or colleagues, which all make the news headlines. However, we never see the healthy relationships between teachers and pupils in newspapers or online. This in my opinion shows how cruel the media can be to tear apart an individual’s life, I certainly do not agree with inappropriate relationships between teachers and pupils, but I do believe the media should focus on the healthy aspects of school life and promote a positive view of teachers rather than a negative one.

When I become a qualified teacher I would like to use technology within the classroom as I believe technology has vast amounts to teach children as well as myself. Children are growing up with technology from birth and this needs to be seen as an advantage for them rather than a negative effect that it will affect their learning, when in truth if used properly it can enhance their learning. I believe strongly that if you teach children about how to be safe on the internet then there should be no harm in using it to aide learning.

Although it is a hard task to achieve I believe people need to change their perception of social media and the online world understanding that this could enhance learning for all generations and see the internet as a positive place to learn.

Most Important Skills/Qualities/Attributes for Successful Academic Study.

Personally I believe there are several skills, qualities and attributes to become successful within academic study such as organisation, time keeping, self-reflection, forward planning, self-discipline and balancing academic and social life.

In my opinion having self-discipline is a major skill for academic studies as this allows you to set time aside where you can study or do assignments. I also feel that having self-discipline this will go on to help in my future career.

I believe that time keeping is an essential skill to have to become academically successful, Having good time keeping skills will allows you suitable time for completion of assignments before due dates and will ensure that all assignments are handed in on time. I also believe that good time keeping for lectures/workshops is essential as this shows professionalism and understanding of the job we will be entering.

Gender Effects in my Childhood

Throughout my childhood my parents did not make any differences between my brother and myself, if I wanted to play with cars I could and if my brother wanted to play with dolls again he could. We would often play together with football being our favourite. Throughout my extended family I was the only girl amongst 5 boys so we would often climb trees and go bug hunting, however we would also dress up and pretend to be our favourite pop stars.

At primary school I don’t ever remember being separated from the boys unless it was time to get changed for gym (in the upper years). At high school again the only time boys and girls were separated was during PE, everyone was made to do the same lessons (rugby, football, gymnastics, swimming) but boys were known as being too rough especially at contact sports. Everyone at our school had to participate in cooking, sewing and woodwork. When choosing subjects boys tended to choose physics and girls tended to choose biology. Looking back I never thought why this could be, however physics is more masculine and biology more feminine in respects to society.

Personally I do not feel I was drastically effected by my gender throughout my childhood. My personal opinion is that parents have a role to play in regards to gender as there is no reason as to why boys cannot play with dolls or toy kitchens and that girls cannot play with army trucks or lego.

 

Study Skills Book.

From reading the study skills book I have learnt to prepare myself prior to lectures- reading power points or by doing background reading/research into the topic. University is mainly self study which I had perceived it to be, however there are various resources the university provide to help with this. University does not monitor you as closely as school or college would and you are not chased up if tasks are not completed. From the book I understand that through my 4 years of university I will use various different skills such as development skills, interpersonal skills and communication skills. These are skills that throughout my 4 years I will improve upon and when it comes to obtaining a job employers will look for these skills. I understand that a big part of university involves a personal development plan which will help me with numerous things from making and achieving goals both personal and academic, understanding my course in more depth and taking responsibility for my own development.

Inspiration to Become a Teacher.

Throughout my childhood I always had aspirations to become a teacher, I would sit with my friends playing a game we called ‘schools’ most often than not I would play the role of the teacher. I would give my ‘class’ spelling tests and maths tests to complete and correct them. During my primary education I had various teachers I had strong connections with and remember tasks we completed that inspired me that I would become a teacher like them, they were fun and friendly which appealed to me as a young child. Throughout my years at high school I went from wanting to become a teacher, to wanting to become a child psychologist and then a children’s nurse my decision was always based around children and helping them in some form. When leaving school I applied to study nursing on which I became accepted however, after serious consideration I rejected my offers and decided to take up a full time job. At this time I did not fully understand which career path I wanted to take and felt I needed to have a break from education and let myself mature and explore the world.

In 2012 we made a decision as a family for my parents to become foster carers so we could support and help children to the best of our ability. Throughout the journey of fostering we have had several placements from birth-16 years which helped me to make the decision that teaching was the career path for me. Seeing each of the children grow and learn new things on a daily basis made me so proud and gave me a goal to work towards and that was to follow my childhood dream of becoming a teacher. I enjoy helping the children with their homework or teaching them new tasks such as baking or simple things like brushing their teeth. With my parents being foster carers this is truly inspirational and has given me insight into how children develop and how rewarding it is to see them grow.

When I become a teacher I would like to be a fun and approachable teacher who understands the needs of the children. I would want to make the children feel motivated about learning and show various styles of learning. I would like active learning to be a main part of my teaching as I believe children learn more by doing, rather than sitting with pencil and paper for a full school day.

Jade Lumsden.