Teaching should be driven by a passion to provide help for students no matter what that calls for. Teachers have a natural impact on a young person’s life. It is our duty to make the most of our time with each student allowing us to maximize the impact we have on their life. Helping students is what teaching is all about. This should be the number one reason when a person decides they want to be teachers. Every student comes with their own unique circumstances and experiences. Each grade level is different. Each school is different. Although two students in ninth grade will not likely have the same exact needs either, a student in first grade will not have the same needs as a student in ninth grade. A major part of a teacher’s job is to recognize individual student needs and to cater to those needs when appropriate. There will be students that require a lot more attention than others for various reasons. These are the students that we can often have the most impact on because we have invested so much into them. It is essential, however, that we have some sort of positive impact on every student in our classes.

Helping students

There are several different ways to impact a student and what helps one may not necessarily help another. The backbone of education is to teach our students the fundamental academic skills necessary to succeed in life. This often begins in Prekindergarten, and each teacher along the way provides students with knowledge and concepts intended to build upon and extend previously learned concepts. Although teaching is not an exact science, this sounds simple. Effective teachers must continuously adapt to the strengths of each student and class while continuously looking to improve how they teach their curriculum. Every minute a teacher has with a student must count as their overall time they have with any one student is relatively short when you compare it to that child’s entire educational path. The best teachers have a focused plan for preparing their students, adapt when necessary, and take advantage of opportunities to extend learning. Every teacher should have high expectations for their students. The truly outstanding teachers are able to shift the burden of those expectations to the students themselves. There are many students who lack the drive and/or the confidence necessary to be successful. The principles attached to character training used to be taught exclusively at home, but over recent years we have seen a moral decline in the home leading to increased violence and an overall lack of respect in the schools. The shift has led many schools and teachers to include character education within their curriculum. This education is crucial to the development of our young people. Too often it is the only training they will receive in this area. Character does matter and the lack of having character has a negative effect on a student’s education. There are exceptions, but most kids want their teachers to be structured with a given set of rules and expectations.