Hello, my name is Mason Schmidt and I am a prospective educator. I’ve wanted to pursue education as a career for about three years now and over the course of the past three years I have had a multitude of thoughts about my own educational pedagogy that I would love to implement in my own classroom some day. I have taken a handful and a half of education classes and read provocative and inquisitive articles and testimonies from “Exemplary Educators“.
However, I always wondered what made them Exemplary. Was it the support from their fellow teachers? Their certificates from prestigious universities hanging up on their walls at home? Their ability to have their kids get good grades by the end of the school year? What exactly was it?
I believe that, as of right now, I understand what makes an Exemplary Educator…
…If only it was that easy.
The one thing that I do believe in on this subject is that there are many many ways to be considered an “Exemplary Educator”. Every educator must have the basic and fundamental components mastered, however the exemplary ones bring their own special talents to their classrooms to build on top of these elementary components, giving their students a multitude of different layers to experience throughout their time in that classroom.
These I believe are those heightening components that separate Exemplary from elementary.
- Support as well showing that you are in the student’s corner all the way.
- Not just willing, but excited to walk alongside them in their journey though your classroom.
Lean into Discomfort
- Discomfort as an educator can only make you grow
- It is when you are comfortable when you become complacent
- Growth begins where the comfort zone ends
Converse With Students
- Conversations lead to connections
- No Place to hide, forced to “see” the student
- Forces student to become an agent in their own education because now they cannot hide!
Create a Place not a Space
- A space is just a location with no meaning associated with it
- The classroom should have a deep meaning to the students and teachers
- Classroom should not feel like four cinderblock walls and a whiteboard
Out with the Monoculture
- Monoculture means that there is one dominant culture or personality in the classroom
- Disrupt this by engaging all voices, narratives and backgrounds
- Be an advocate of diversity – much stronger through adversity together than separate
- Students love appropriate risks
- Step out as an educator and provide a unique experience, something that they will tell their friends about
- As an educator, there is an inherent responsibility to show up for your students day-in and day-out
- Be a positive role model, someone they look up to and someone that earned their respect
- Experience student’s feelings not just understand them
- At the end of the day, what matters more is the child sitting in front of you. Not the student.
These are a few of the multitude of components out in the world that I believe can take an ordinary educator and make them into an Exemplary educator. I plan of using all of these components in this blog post in my future classroom. They are something that I believe in and something that has been instilled in me before and during my time at Miami University. I am thrilled to continue my education this semester and look forward to providing more blog posts throughout it! Follow my twitter for updates in the future!