What role does professional satisfaction play in the effectiveness of a classroom?
Professional satisfaction plays a huge role in the effectiveness of a classroom. When a teacher comes to school with positive energy and is excited to teach, not only does that benefit themselves, but to their colleagues, students and the community as well (Burgess, Loc 1772). Students know when you’re passionate about something. They pick up on your level of excitement and want to work. According to the article “Motivating Students,” students who are not motivated will not learn effectively. They won’t retain information, they won’t participate and some of them may even become disruptive. I think that when a teacher comes to school with a negative attitude, it demotivates the students to learn. Teaching a class full of motivating students is satisfying for both the teacher and the students.
Burgess talks about reasons why some teachers hesitate to be great. His first example is the fear of failure. I agree that as a life-long learner, you cannot grow, advance, or move forward without making mistakes and learning from them (Burgess, loc 1860). Another point Burgess makes is lack of focus. All teachers talk about not having enough time in the day. Great work is not done in a day, and allowing our students to do their best work is more meaningful. One of the things he talks about, that I confess is one of my weaknesses, is fear of criticism (loc, 1929). During my first year of teaching, I was afraid of being criticized by parents. In the end I learned that they loved what I was doing. “The best way to solidify your commitment to achieving your goals is also to take action” (Burgess, loc 1997).
In the article “Motivating Students,” it talks about five effective ways to engage students. Which are, encourage students, get them involved, offer incentives, get creative, and draw connections to real life. When I was reading this article, I thought if a teacher does these things as well as the student, everyone is satisfied.
I have been very blessed to work with awesome colleagues. One of the things Burgess talks about is collaborating with other teachers (loc, 2018). “Collaboration can make all contributors better teachers as they are exposed to others’ ideas…” Whenever I’m stuck, or need advice, I go to my colleagues. Everyone is creative in their own way, and sometimes its good to get ideas from people who think differently. According to the article, “Teacher Collaboration in Secondary Schools” teachers who work together, reduce their individual planning time, and at the same time, create a “pool of ideas and materials.” Another benefit that came from teacher collaboration was a decline in staff turnover by providing assistance to all new and veteran teachers. This is especially tough in rural Alaskan schools because teacher turnover is high. If we can improve our relationships in school (and outside) maybe that rate will decline.
Burgess, D. (n.d.). Teach like a pirate: Increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator.
Motivating Students. (n.d.). Retrieved September 10, 2015, from http://teach.com/what/teachers-change-lives/teachers-motivate
Teacher Collaboration in Secondary Schools. (n.d.). Retrieved September 10, 2015, from http://ncrve.berkeley.edu/centerfocus/cf2.html