Monday, September 29, 2014

Teaching without passion

It is so frustrating to work with teachers that are in the business for a paycheck, and not because they are passionate about teaching. And it is very easy to tell the difference. A teacher that loves what she does arranges her day around the children in her classroom. She works hard to provide a firm educational background for herself, so that she can provide her students with a lesson plan that meets their needs. She takes time out to learn about the individual personalities of the students in her class room. And treats them with respect and does not put labels on them for past behavior. 

For some reason, being an Early Childhood Educator is not taken seriously, some people think it's about having a job, and don't understand the concept of  educating the "Whole Child," and when it becomes overwhelming or frustrating, the students are the ones that gets the gist of it. They are belittled and expected to behave in a way that they are not developmentally able to achieve. These teachers tend to have that do as I say and not what I do behavior. For example; they sit on furniture in the classroom, and when the students do it, they discipline them like they are being defiant when the students were only modeling what they saw. They use inappropriate words, with no consideration that the students might be listening. 

I try to maintain good work ethics, but it is so difficult to work so hard, when others  are constantly undoing all your hard work; simply  because they don't care. This can be true with any organization, but when it affects the educational growth of students, I have a big problem with that. There a difference between someone who needs additional training and someone who just doesn't care.

I'm often asked by parents what the minimal requirements are for teaching, when I respond with 12 units, they say "I can do that." Although, I think their dedication to getting their units is impressive. I don't think prospective teachers understand the responsibility of being an Early Childhood Educator. I think that it is important that they do their research and observe in an Early Childhood classroom, before making a decision to teach.  Yes, children learn through play, and I know certain times of the day, it looks like that's all they are doing, but educating a child is much more than that.  Especially if assessments and parent/teacher conferences are required by the center that you work in. 

I know that there are unprofessional people in every field, but when it happens in Early Childhood it makes teaching more difficult than it needs to be, which affects the well being of the students in that classroom.

Have anyone else experienced this?

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