An American Teacher – who am i?
As a teacher, part of my inner self is connected to my students and the adolescent world. Education is not limited to academics. Education is about the whole student, helping them see beyond the four walls they know and into the world that is bigger than they can simply comprehend. Guiding students through adolescents includes providing them opportunities to discover themselves as individuals. At the same time, it is equally important that young adults learn that no matter where you are from or what cultural background you have, teenagers deal with many of the same challenges.
The first self-portrait that I would like to share was created for an instructional unit called “An American Teenager.” I created this unit for 9th and 10th-grade students, as a platform for students to get to know other teenagers from around American by reading journals, diaries, and biographies by young adults. Next year, I am going to attempt to take the knowledge I am gaining in the “Weblogs and Wikis” course and incorporate it into the unit. Blogs and social media in general play a major role in the lives of teenagers and it is only natural that we use this to connect students to their peers going through similar life challenges.
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