Portrait of a Teacher

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Portrait of a Teacher Most often, people generally refer to democracy as the type of government our nation has chosen; what is forgotten is that democracy occurs in various places such as work and schools. Democracy allows every person within a given setting the opportunity to construct an environment that is both beneficial to him- or herself and those around them. Communication is an important part of a democracy especially if everyone must work together to achieve one common goal. In the classroom, teachers are responsible not only teaching the value of democracy but also exemplifying that value through their lessons and conduct in the classroom. One of the classes I took during my undergraduate studies was Contemporary Moral Issues. I had actually taken this class twice because I was unsatisfied with the grade I received the first time. Nonetheless, I had noticed a significant difference in how each teacher executed her class. In the first class, the professor took control of everything, which is common for a teacher, but she dictated every move the class made. There was no variety in the lessons, and even when the students were clearly lost, she continued anyway. Everything was at her pace and not that of her students and being that it was a morality class, the morals of the teacher was the only one that mattered. She made sure to push her opinion at the end of every lesson and when someone went against it, it was evident in her little notes at the end of our papers and, unfortunately for some, our grades. As a student, I felt miserable and ignored in this class. In the second class, the professor still took control, as expected, but acted as a guide rather than a dictator. She would discuss the lesson of the day and then allowed students to help each other by further explaining the concepts in “simpler” terms. Students were reminded that they were
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