When I was younger learning was always hard for me. If I wasn’t totally interested in the subject I was learning about most of the time I couldn’t grasp what the teachers were trying to tell me. It would take multiple repetitions and visual aids to help me understand something that most children could understand instantly. Math was always my worst subject and to this day still is hard for me to understand. When I was in fifth grade I was diagnosed with ADD or attention deficit disorder. Now I had a reason for why it was very hard for me to understand simple things and why it took longer for me to grasp certain concepts. This is one of the reasons why I teach and why I want to be a child education professional. I want to be able to help children with anything that they need. Are used to think that children only really understood less than half of the things that we try to teach them, but I can now say that each child implements what we teach them in all different kinds of ways. I know this for my own personal experience.
As I was growing up I would come up with totally out of the box solutions that weren’t typical to what the other children were saying. I want the children I teach to understand that that is ok. Making sure that children know that there are different ways to solve a problem is very important to me. Most of the time there is a traditional way to solve a problem, but that doesn’t have to be the only way. I want to make sure that the children I teach understand that. I believe in finding answers in the way that makes the most sense to you.
Why I teach is to help children find their best way of learning. I know that when I was growing up, it was always pushed on me to do things in the textbook manner. Which meant I had to do it just like everybody else did even though a lot of the times that way didn’t make sense for me. They were many many nights where me and my dad would sit at the kitchen table and work through math problems because I just didn’t understand how everybody could do it one way when my brain thought, “oh I have to do it this way or this way it makes more sense for me why can’t I do it this way?” I want to make sure that children know that even if they don’t understand the way everyone else is solving a problem, they have the opportunity to try and find a new angle. I don’t want to limit their thought processes or their imagination, rather I want to encourage them to think freely and ask a lot of questions. Overall the reason I teach and why I want to be a child educator is because I want children to understand that there is no best way of learning. Everyone learns differently at their own pace.
December 1, 2022 — 9:19 pm
Thank you for sharing your experience! I am sure the children that learn from you will feel impowered to think outside the box!
December 5, 2022 — 11:03 am
In your essay you speak about one of my personal beliefs which is that there can be “many right ways”. I think this is something I learned from watching young children explore, create, imagine, and problem solve. As an early childhood educator, always stay open to the idea of following the child’s lead, trusting them to succeed, and believing there is “no best way of learning.”
December 5, 2022 — 12:43 pm
Every learner is unique, regardless of age and your story captures this beautifully. Thank you for staying true to you own thoughts and ways of learning and recognizing the individual styles and needs of the young learners you teach.