I am a fourth-generation educator. My great-grandfather taught in a one-room school in the blue hills of Kentucky. My grandfather was a substitute teacher on a regular basis, teaching everything from agriculture to mathematics. My father was a high school teacher who taught students with special needs. It was because of my father that I fell in love with teaching.
I remember going to the high school with my dad one day when I was out of school for some forgotten reason. With my feet barely touching the the floor, I sat in my dad’s chair at his desk and observed. By watching my dad teach, I discovered that everyone learns at a different pace, and I also found that some people may learn better from unconventional teaching methods.
My dad had an unique ability as a teacher; he could identify obstacles that prevented students from learning efficiently. He could sometimes remove those obstacles or direct students in a new path that would lead them to the same destination. His students were able to recognize his skills as a teacher, they adored him, and they were eager to learn more from him.
From the outset, I want to establish a rapport with my students. I want students to see humanity on my face. Humanity is such a powerful element in this world, the very reason we strive to learn. Humanity has cured diseases and placed people on the moon. Films that have a strong sense of humanity are the ones that we go back to, the ones we want to watch over and over. A strong sense of humanity instilled in students by example creates a remarkable and inspiring student body.
I realize that the classroom environment is intimidating for some students. Students who have had negative experiences in the classroom might walk into mine with a preconceived notion of how things are going to go for them. As an educator, I will make my classroom a place where making mistakes are not a reason for embarrassment, I will do my best to make my classroom a safe environment where learning is nurtured and a forum for all.
In my classroom, I will endeavor to instill distinction into the students and myself. I will challenge the students, interact with them by engaging in discussion, and more importantly be a mentor to them. My students will be will be well equipped with a working knowledge of theory, skills, and the proper mindset to be applied in the world of filmmaking.
My experiences as a dedicated art student and scholar make me confident that I possess the passion that is key to success in the educational field. I have genuinely enjoyed my experience as a student and will remain a lifelong learner. Nothing would make me happier than being able to share the knowledge that I have gathered.