you ever felt educator burnout? If so, I
would suggest revisiting why you became an educator. If you chose the field of education for the
summer breaks you may want to reconsider your career choice. I personally chose the field of education
because I hold some very strong opinions of what opportunities should be made available
to students. My personal core beliefs
are that all students deserve a high quality free education, a school’s staff
must be a happy effective staff, and teaching should not revolve around
My first core belief is that all
students deserve a high-quality free education.
A free quality education for all students regardless of race, economic
status, and/or abilities or lack thereof is essential to the democracy of our
country (Moroder, 2013). We, as a
country, cannot count on parents to be able to give their children a quality
education at home. In order for our
country to be successful for future generations the children must be provided a
free, well-crafted education.
Next, I believe in order for the
students to receive this high-quality education you must have an effective,
happy faculty. An effective teacher is a
teacher that has high expectations of their students and their selves, is great
at classroom management, and plans engaging lessons and formatively assesses
each lesson to check for mastery (About Best Practices in Defining Characteristics
of Effective Teachers, n.d). Even
effective teachers experience burnout.
According to Kristin Moroder, “Teacher satisfaction is at a 25-year low,”
(2013). To help maintain low burnout and
to make your faculty as happy as possible, principals must show their teachers
how much they appreciate their hard work and that they value their opinions (Whitaker, 2012). Principals should continuously think of ways
to show appreciation through any means possible and to ask for input on all
topics that are essential to the school.
Lastly, I truly and passionately
believe that teaching should not revolve around testing. I personally believe the No Child Left Behind
Act was created with well-meaning intentions but unfortunately, it created schools that were
forced to impose an awful testing routine that focused entirely on test
prep. Subjects such as art, music,
physical education and others were put on the back burner if funded at all (Walker,
2014). Instead of teaching the child and
nurturing the individual child’s strengths we are only preparing them to take
one test. This is not real life. I want to prepare my students for their
futures, not for a standardized test.
Education is so important to the
success of our country. We cannot blame current and future generations for all
of our problems if we did not effectively instruct them. My personal core beliefs are that all
students deserve a high quality free education, a school’s staff must be a
happy effective staff, and teaching should not revolve around testing. If we do not accomplish these three things we
are only hurting ourselves and our families.