I believe education stems much farther than teaching from the curriculum around the ideas of academics. Education and teaching are to fulfill the purpose of supporting students in becoming kind individuals in society that are welcoming to diverse beliefs and perspectives.
“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”
~ Haim G. Ginott
This quote really reflects how I view my role as an educator in the classroom. Throughout my education, I have come to the realization that I am teaching a child holistically. It is my role as an educator to support the children that walk in and out of my room each day to become the individuals they aspire to be.
As a preservice educator I have gained a strong interest in inclusive education and after my degree hope to pursue and complete my inclusive education certificate to gain numerous strategies that will support my classroom in being welcoming to all of my families that enter the classroom each year. I want to gain these strategies not to create a classroom of equality, but to create a classroom of equity where all students have the right aids and support to reach high success rates and create an atmosphere where students understand that we are all unique and need different supports to reach our goals. From this, a learning environment that supports inclusivity will also be created through the relationships the students build with one another.