I believe all students can meet or exceed
expectations if properly motivated. Motivation will certainly come easier to
some than others, so the playing field will have to be made even for the difficult to motivate and the underachievers. Leveling the playing field does not mean lowering the achievement bar, in my opinion. Making education equal for all students means positioning students for the best possible
learning experience. I believe that a learning experience should be as flexible
as possible and not restricted to the four walls of a building. Flexibility also
means using the world reaching power of technology to keep students from falling behind other cultures.
experiences are often automatic for students from close-knit families through their family outings. That type of learning often is not possible when the families are dysfunctional, so it is the obligation
of the teacher/mentor to generate that type of environment in my opinion. Expanding
my classroom beyond the physical walls of a building allows the more disadvantaged students to experience benefits the more
advantaged students may take for granted. Teaching beyond the physical walls
also introduces variables to the equation. These variables leave the possibility
open for unexpected learning. This is a bonus.
Family outings are supposed to be fun.
There is no reason why my expanded classroom cannot be just as fun. I
think expanding my classroom and keeping step with current technology will also make for a happier student. A happier student is a smarter student, in my opinion.
will be a lot happier if they know how to use the technology. It is the obligation
of the teacher/mentor to remain current with advances in technology so these advances can be passed on to the students. Expanding my classroom beyond walls includes expanding beyond physical textbooks,
notebooks and resource material. I believe all physical materials like this should
be available on electronic media, 24 hours a day and accessible from any location. Lab
assignments should be computerized whenever possible, in my opinion. For example,
airplanes are not designed with wooden models anymore. Modern aircraft are designed
and tested on computer then they go straight into production. We too should experiment
using the power of the computer. It is a matter of staying current with technology. A combination of technology usage and teaching beyond physical boundaries will help
motivate all students, thus leveling the playing field for all students.