Have you ever sat through a lecture and suddenly realized that you had no idea what was being presented? Maybe some keyword triggered your mind to wander off topic and you started daydreaming, maybe you can’t picture what exactly the speaker is trying to explain and have become frustrated, or maybe the lesson just wasn’t geared toward teaching you as an individual. There have never been two students who are exactly alike in every way, yet so many classrooms operate as if every student can be taught with the same one-size-fits-all methods. Enter the differentiated classroom where learning is centered on the student, rather than the material and more students can learn in a way that best meets their needs.
Someone once said, “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” In light of this idea, my view of teaching is that it is a noble and high calling that requires sacrifice to be successful. A reputable teacher will usually have certain attributes: a natural bend toward communicating ideas, a personal commitment to professional development, and a desire to bring about positive results in students.