Today, teaching English incorporates reading, writing and studying literature with
a focus on practical application. The English classroom should embrace writing as a form of self-expression, discussing grammatical conventions only
as a means to improve clarity. An effective English teacher challenges
students in these areas, helping them grow in their understanding of the world around them.
Lessons learned in the English classroom become tools for students to use when studying the past and thinking about
their role in the future. Teaching English to these standards requires motivation
and dedication on both the part of the teacher and the part of the student.
As an English teacher, I will focus on social
justice by empowering all students to become independent thinkers and achievers. I
plan to incorporate a wide range of literatures representing writers from a variety of cultures, ethnicities and life experiences. My students will learn how to express themselves by writing and speaking in their
own voices. Using this model, teaching English is providing students with the
tools to communicate more effectively by creating connections between
literacy and their lives.
Students are the center of the learning environment,
and by emphasizing this from the very beginning, students will be more open to learning.
I will explain to my students that education is an adventure, an experience in which they must be active learners. By encouraging them to share prior knowledge and build upon it, I will help them realize
the role they play in their own education. I will not pour knowledge into my
students or force rote memorization of facts. Instead, I will be a facilitator
as the students embark upon their educational journey. I will teach for mastery
by challenging students’ prior conceptions, forcing them to analyze current thought, and advocate the creation of personal
theories and beliefs based upon facts.