From Traditional Teaching to Innovative Teaching

Scholarship Entrant: Kathryn from Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Kathryn: 82

What I love most is interacting and engaging with small children. Through a child’s perspective, teachers can answer all questions and solve all problems, but unfortunately, this is not the case. As a novice in the education field, I frequently witness educators falling into failing practices. Through these procedures children are being taught to be successful in the 1900’s model where traditional education is designed to teach children to produce. They are not taught critical or creative thinking, leaving our society 100 years behind. Youth from the 21st generation are now making their mark by being innovative thinkers. I feel America will not advance if we continue teaching children with traditional educational practices.
Examples of innovative companies are Apple, Google, and Disney that are successful because they continue pioneering new technology and mediums for entertainment. Yet, we in education continue to demonstrate that deadlines, prompts, and formats are more important than innovative thinking in teaching. Students are not given ample time to produce new ideas, which hinders creative development. If you ask any artist, writer, or philosopher, good products are not produced, built on, and investigated in a two-week period.
Currently, I work with children at the University of New Mexico Kid’s Campus as an assistant teacher, and I am being exposed to some of Northern New Mexico’s best Early Childhood educators. Soon I will have my Associates degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education, and I will travel to continue to learn from other great teachers of the world.

Vote for Kathryn: 82

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