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Amanda Causeman y I believe that education and schools should give each student the opportunity to succeed.

Each person should view education as an important implement to life. Education and schools should expand student s minds and help them distinguish or understand new techniques they would not usually come across. It should also help students experience and understand new ideas as well as find a new understanding of cultures and views. With the amount of technology in today's world, I believe that is very important for students to learn in school how to use it and how it can be applied to real life. On the other hand, I believe that schools should not only stress the importance of this new and upcoming technology, but also the original methods of school work such as pencil and paper. I find that education in the classroom helps students prepare for the real world and I think education should be applied to real life situations so students get a better understanding and can relate.

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I believe that a good teacher depends on their technique and how they approach topics as well as situations. I find that what really and truly makes a good teacher is how they connect with their students. Teachers must have some variety to their curriculum so that each student can follow along considering that everyone has different learning styles and the students do not get bored. A good teacher is always available for their students, cares about each individual in the classroom as well as the class as a whole. Furthermore, a good teacher should be outgoing so their students feel comfortable and able to express themselves in the classroom. I believe that it is important for teachers to form relationships with their students, but it is even more important to know where to draw the line between friends and teacher and student. They must be spontaneous in case something goes wrong in a lesson or the off chance that the students do not understand a topic being presented in class, they must apply more time to the topic so that the students apprehend the lesson. Teachers should also have a backup plan in case this problem presents itself in the classroom. Finally I believe that a good teacher should focus on continuous learning. Teaching does not end in the classroom. I have heard of the analogy that a teacher is a "full time beach comber" (someone who looks for shells) in a sense that teachers should be looking out of the classroom to incorporate things into their lessons. Like how can this help my students? How can I relate this to something in the classroom? For example how can this current event be incorporated into today s lesson? I believe that a good school should be able to have extra-curricular activities or some kind of after school program for students to be watched over and to aid the kids in work. I believe that this would ultimately help them and keep most of them out of trouble. I find that a good school gives each student equal opportunities and helps each student perform to the best of their abilities. Schools should not only be concerned on how well it looks to the outside community, but how many students are achieving their goals by moving on to the next grade or the next level. Schools should do whatever physically possible to help each student succeed.

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I believe that every teacher should do whatever they can to help a student. I will be available to my students as much as I possibly can. I want my students to come to me with everything and anything. I want to help them achieve their goals and help them do things they never thought they could possibly do. I feel like this will ultimately help them succeed because if they see I believe them, hopefully they will catch on and start to believe in themselves.

"I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional medal of honor and an A- feel like a slap in the face. How dare you waste my time with anything less than your very best." - Taylor Mali. y Aristotle was a tireless scholar, a teacher who inspired and who continues to inspire people. He was a controversial public figure during his time. First, his work is a testament to the belief that our thinking and practice as educators must be infused with a clear philosophy of life.Second, along with many others in his time, he placed a strong emphasis on all round and 'balanced' development. Play, physical training, music, debate, and the study of science and philosophy were to all have their place in the forming of body, mind and soul. Long-standing categorizing of disciplines into the theoretical, practical, and technically. Lastly, he looked to both education through reason and education through habit. (http://www.infed.org/thinkers/et-arist.htm)