Meeting Youth Through Culture And The Classroom

Guest article by Heather Penn

Around ten years ago during one of my Master’s classes, I had to write a philosophy of teaching. I discussed how education involves an environment that engages people to critically think and share their ideas, to improve understanding and learning. As educators, we need to have an open mind with our students, if not we fail to benefit from countless valuable lessons that the students will teach us. Teachers should be up to date with important current events and be able to relate the information to the students in their lesson plans. To be an effective teacher, one must remember their childhood and the circumstances that they dealt with before they enter the classroom.

Being a scholar can benefit an elementary school classroom because you may have the knowledge and resources to help students gain information that they may not be aware of outside of the school.

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