Think back to previous teachers who inspired and /or supported you. List some of their characteristics and behaviours. Do the same for teachers who you perceived negatively.
Next review both lists and see whether you can make any connections between your own positive and negative experiences and the teacher you want to be (for instance if you recall being ridiculed in class this may have influenced your current view of wanting to be respectful towards your students).
My lists of attributes are based on both personal experience, wanting to be that sort of teacher and witnessing other people. For example, seeing a teaching demean and constantly pick on a minority of students in the class has made me want to teach inclusively and treat all students the same, no what the situation is. This is because I belief respect is a two way thing, it the teacher want to be respect by the students they need to respect the student first and vice versa. Also having a teacher that I could relate to, understand and showed the care factor made me want to be that kind of teacher and made teaching seem positive and to have that impact on someone's life is an important thing.
Which teachers made the most impact on your learning?
What were some of their attributes and characteristics? Write a short 300 word response and bring it to your workshop.Throughout my schooling, I had a mixture of teachers, both who were classed as good teachers and impacted me positive and those who were classed as bad teachers and were impacting me negative. I find myself drawing from all my teachers to build the kind of teacher I want to be, so I can have best impact on my students whilst teaching.
The teachers who had the most effect and impact on my education and learning were the one I classed as positive. This was because I saw them as someone I aspire to be and role model myself against, the negative teachers I did not really understand. Why would you become a teacher and just be there to negatively impact a child.
Some of their attributes from the positive teachers included…
Teachers need the following…
Damien Walker is currently studying a Bachelor of Education, Food and Textiles Technologies at University of South Australia. This is him engaging with readings and questions throughout his teaching journey to gain professional insight and knowledge.