Growing up in small town Kindersley Saskatchewan has greatly shaped who I am today and I had many school experiences both positive and negative that have allowed me to grow into the person I am today. These previous experiences have allowed me to realize that I love working with children and making a difference in their life. Although one of my major experiences was a negative one, it has greatly shaped me.
So I began my journey working in childcare with a group of Pre-Kindergarten and School Age children. This was one of the greatest experiences I have had in terms of working with children. I worked with many types of children all unique in their own way allowing me to see how different children learn. I was able to experience classroom management in my daycare room and learnt many techniques to help with behaviours in my classroom. I had some children in particular who had been previously diagnosed with things like Asperger’s Syndrome or ADHD so it was my goal to learn more about how they learn to make things easier from them. Although this was difficult at first, once the trust was built I was able to meet their needs which not only helped them but also my other learners as well!
Working alongside another education student allowed us to have a successful classroom at daycare. We included brain breaks for the children and different strategies we had learned in our experiences; hers being in university and mine being at Siast where I was taking Early Childhood Education classes. I knew that working with children was something I could excel at. Daycare however was not enough and I was ready to broaden my horizons into something bigger; teaching.
I decided that I would like to pursue a teaching career despite being an older student, and it has been one of the best decisions I have made. I feel as though my previous experiences working in childcare and also achieving my Level 1 in Early Childhood Education has made this journey much more rewarding as I can put some of the experiences behind what I am learning in my education classes. It has helped me to understand how children learn and grow which in turn will give me an advantage in my future classroom. I enrolled in the Middle Years program as I felt that those were my most difficult years at school and I am looking to change another students experience to make sure that they have a positive one. Many teachers have guided me along the way helping me to understand what a teacher means to me. I believe that all students should have the best experience when learning and that as educators, we should take the time to learn who our students are and build a relationship with them based on trust. This is just one of the tools I plan to take to my future classroom. Each and every day I am learning more and more about how to help my students to be successful and I will continue to grow years into my teaching career. Gandhi once wrote “Be the change you wish to see in the world” and that is exactly what I plan to do.