Hello! Here is yet another blog about my five takeaways for Educational Psychology!
I think that it is amazing how children can learn so much through their play! It is so much more than mindless actions and words. When children play, they use critical thinking, problem solving, and social skills. I think that children learn so much more from playing than designated seat time. Children can explore their innate curiosity and never tire of it. They love interacting with one another and creating stories. When I think back to my childhood, some of my favorite memories are when I’m playing outside with my sisters. How nice it was to have no care in the world!
2. Teaching is an art
I think that teaching is art because it requires so much more than standing in front of class and talking. It requires that one understands how children learn, how best to make lesson plans according to their age, and being creative with lesson plans. I don’t think most people realize how creative a teacher must be! It isn’t an easy task making a lesson plan. You have to think about what the children will be learning and what is the best way to approach that. That is one of the things that I am most looking forward to!
3. Adapting lesson plans
During this week, we watched a video where the same idea was taught to different developmental ages. I found this video so inspirational! It was amazing to see how the children all learned the same concepts but the teachers presented the idea at an appropriate level. It really showed me that any lesson can be adapted and children can understand it. It showed how important it is take into consideration the age of the children that I will be teaching.
4. Teaching is a difficult job
One time when I told a highschool teacher that I wanted to be an elementary teacher, they told me that I was too smart to be an elementary teacher. This was a bit discouraging but I ultimately I knew that teaching was my vocation! I thought this to be a bit counterintuitive because teachers should be smart people. I will be educating the next generation and not everyone can do this job. Like I’ve said previously, teaching takes so much more than talking all day in front of kids. I will have to manage behaviors, adapt lesson plans, and create an environment in which children can strive! I will have to be the adult that children can rely on, and I feel that that is one of the most important aspects of teaching. As I have learned through the village project, some children do not have the resources to live the privileged life that I have. And so, it will be my job to make sure that each child feels important and loved. I love the idea that teachers can make such an impact!
5. Kids are the friendliest people
I think that children are the friendliest people because whenever the children enter into the cafeteria, I am always greeted with big smiles, “Hi, Miss Ruthie!”, and big hugs. This is always my favorite part because I love seeing how I have made an impact already. Also, I really enjoy seeing how children are so welcome to accept anyone into a game of tag, foursquare, or whatever the game may be. The village project has only reaffirmed my beliefs about becoming a teacher!
Thanks for reading!