There are many
definitions that each professional or student would classify as a great
educator. Some teachers feel they are great educators as some students may not
have experienced what a great educator is. An educator knows the difference
between teaching and educating. What is the definition of a great educator? A
great educator is someone that shows professionalism during an instructional
class setting whether it is in a classroom or public. In this paper, I will
evaluate myself, my qualities, and my overview of teacher versus educator.
After evaluating myself and my skills, I possess many
characteristics that will make me a great educator. In the past three years, I
have gained some experiences teaching in early childhood. I never thought I
would be in the education field. I knew that I love seeing children smile,
laugh, and their creative imagination. I will be a great educator because I
feel it is my calling. I know that there is more than being patient, caring,
and dedicated to the children. It is showing them my high expectations for each
child, showing compassion, giving respect, and always staying prepared where
adaption to change is positive. I will provide curriculums and activities that
are age appropriate that has a more significant outcome toward their physical,
cognitive, and emotional development. I know that introducing positive modeling
to children will have a positive result.
Sackstein’s (2016) article Teachers vs. Educator: Which Are You? describes a
teacher as being “one that teaches or instructs” and an educator as
one who is “skilled in teaching (p.1).” She is absolute, correct.
Being a teacher is a job or just a check you look for on payday to buy those
new Jordan shoes that you stood in line for just to get your name in the
lottery to purchase a pair. An educator is a career, commitment, and validity.
An educator is someone that is memorable, forgiving, has a sense of humor,
admit mistakes, and has a personal touch.
In my Pre-K class, my teacher Ms. Vicki is an educator
that I am grateful to meet in my life. She made me feel like I belong, and I
was important. She always shows the class respect no matter if we were silly.
She never raised her voice. Instead, she talked to us with warmth and would
make a joke to get us to listen. You never knew she was having a bad day
because she was always professional. She was polite and friendly. She provided
her requirements for the class that was clear. She understands that each
student learns in different ways at different rates. She gave praise and
recognition. She was always prepared and ready to teach and understood
unexpected outcomes that could arise throughout the day.
Looking at myself, I have some characteristics
to become an educator, and there are some characteristics I want to develop. In
my class, I am always prepared to teach. I bring a positive attitude and
respect for each one of my students. I treat each student equal as well as
giving them the opportunity to succeed and learn. I have always had a positive
connection with children at an early age, and I carry that passion with my
students. I share my personal experience to get to know each one of my
students. I know what it is like to have a sense of belonging to the class with
my past experiences. There are two characteristics that I want to develop,
being more creative and holding high expectations for each one of my students.
I want to work on more creative ideas to get children involved in reaching a
certain level of goals throughout the year. I also want to develop different
ways to challenge students and to build their confidence when they lack the
support of their parents.
In conclusion, there is nothing wrong with
being a teacher, but being an educator has a more favorable outcome for years
to come. Being an educator does not happen overnight, it takes practices from
different situations, training, and personal knowledge. My mother has always
told me, if someone has an impact on your life, it must be cherished, thankful,
and given on to others as it was given on to me. Just as each student learns
differently at a different rate, an educator must adapt to learning style
strategies that are motivational to each child learning development. If you can
make a great impression on students and their minds conquerors critical
thinking and logic, you have qualifications of being a memorable and nurturing
educator. Becoming a great educator is my gift, not just a calling.