“I believe the purpose of education is that in order to create a society of intelligent, rational, and creative citizens, it is imperative that all students have a well-rounded education centered on a canon of classical and multicultural knowledge. Students should be taught in an environment that promotes learning, cultural awareness, and cooperation. As a teacher I want to be able to ignite the fire of learning in my classes, so that—regardless of the subject—they will want to learn for learning’s sake. I want to share my passion for the subject with them, so that one day they may grow to appreciate it. Even though I am only in the formative stages of becoming a teacher, I have laid the foundation for my beliefs in education with this philosophy. As I grow in experience, I hope that I will be able to add to this document and modify it to better suit the needs of my students and the community at large.”

The above quotation was written during my undergraduate experience at the University of South Dakota for my electronic portfolio.  Looking back at it now, I can see how idealistic I was in my views on education. Granted, I only had one year of teaching on my own professionally, yet I still cling to some of those ideals in my classroom.

Oh, where are my manners? I forgot to introduce myself. My name’s Ian Blake, I’m a first-year graduate student at Colorado State University pursuing my M.A. in English Education, with the ultimate goal of getting certified in Colorado and getting back into the classroom. One of the motivating factors I had for choosing to take E501 is that I acknowledge that teaching composition is one of my weaknesses as a teacher. While teaching grades 8 through 12 in the rural South Dakota high school I worked in gave me a chance to try things out, I found that I just was never as confident with the subject as I was with teaching literature. So hopefully by the time I am completed with my program, I have a firmer grasp of composition instruction and theory so I can be more confident in the classroom.

We shall see…


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