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How you can make a positive difference in the classroom

How will you make a difference in education? If you are going to be a teacher, or are trying to reinvent yourself as an educator, where do you begin when realistically considering what you are able to do to best serve your students? It becomes a much larger concern as you ask yourself who is involved in the education of a student? What is that person or group's expectation of you, and how do you address the concerns of others, and the student, without compromising your educational responsibilities. This piece offers serious questions one should ask himself or herself when contemplating how best to work so that your students benefit the most, and guidelines teachers should consider to help maintain some semblance of control over what is requested or demanded by all interested parties. It's a big responsibility. It can be one of the best jobs you've ever had. This article articulates some idea of what you're getting yourself into when you decide you want to make a difference in education.

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"How will I make a difference in education?" In order to answer this question, I believe that you need to be familiar with the many aspects of education. This would include how to best help your students. Will you simply concentrate on their educational needs, or are you interested in the "whole student?" Are you willing to go the extra mile for students with special needs? Above all, how can you best engage your students, work with their different personalities, show respect for children you may not personally like, and believe that every student can learn?

How will you go about dealing with parents? Do you see a need to be accessible to parents? How far should a ...

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This piece provides general questions an educator or soon-to-be-educator would want to consider either when trying to find ways to better help students, or when deciding if education is a good career fit. If a students answers "no" to too many of these questions, it might be a good time to sit down with a career counselor to find where in education a student will be able to be most helpful.