Your What Sort of Person Am I? Comment ...
Share your self-reflections below.
Some past comments ...
Who am I? Do I have a fixed idea -
I think my idea of the teacher is someone who should be relaxed, positive, confident and able to control the classroom without having to ask students to behave all the time.
With my friends: I am mostly this type of person.
How closely does my personality mesh with the teacher I think I should be: my personality meshes quite well with this ideal teacher.
That is awesome, Lina. It took me YEARS to mesh my personality with my teaching - except for my 'best' classes.
I don't think my personality changes between inside and outside of the classroom. I remember casual days where the classes have been really tough and I have tried being the strict "no nonsense" teacher however I often find when I would yell or act like I was angry I would find myself laughing because its ridiculous and totally not who I am. I have often used humour and big energy to engage and motivate my students, also using distraction and changing topics to avoid behavioural issues. I would definitely describe myself as loud and outgoing. I am always looking for a laugh and to have a joke regardless of where I am. I have always felt my happiest around good friends laughing and not taking myself too seriously. I think my personality fits with the teacher I would like to be I just need to moderate at times to ensure that my energy and humour doesn't detract from the objective of my lessons.
That's a quality self-diagnosis, Rob. Many teachers are slower to learn than this!
I've been told by other senior teachers, classroom observations, and even students, that I need to be sterner and yell (or raise my voice) at the students more.
I've been more authoritarian with my students in the second half of this year, and it has helped with student engagement and learning environment. Possibly I've been too chilled in the past.
Doing some reflective practice during my prac, I thought I would like to be a peaceful, patient and gentle teacher. Not saying that I'm always these things, but these are values that I aspire to. After two years of teaching, I've certainly become a less patient, peaceful and gentle teacher.
My happy place is joking with friends and playing games or sport.
That is an insightful post, Manfred. It's tricky because, yes, we need to be chilled. BUT we can only be chilled once the important bases are in order. Sounds like you put the cart before the hearse (that's a joke/play on words btw)
Thanks Richard, sometimes I find myself talking too much and giving too much direct instruction in my classes, and my voice can get a bit hearse.
I think my personality doesn't change in and out of the classroom however I have noticed myself switch into that authoritarian teacher (or at least try to). I definitely hold my DP in high regard due to that ability to quieten the room instantly but now I am beginning to see that if I never get there, that isn't a bad thing. throughout Uni and my first year I have come to see teaching as an entertainment business. I strive to captivate my students attention and curiosity, maybe first with something I do but then (hopefully) with the fascination of mathematics and the natural patterns it holds.
Some nice self-reflections there Lachlan.