Event Title

Letters to a Lonely Man in a Garret

Presenter Information

Kevin HelockFollow

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Glen Retief

Start Date

28-4-2020 12:00 AM

End Date

28-4-2020 12:00 AM

Description

The field of education is one that is deeply ethical in nature, as every teacher has a responsibility toward their numerous students, whose futures depend on the quality of the instruction given to them. Writing is likewise an ethical practice, since it, like any form of art, uses creativity to make sense of the world and share personal truth in a naturally empathetic and often beautiful way. Thus, an English teacher is surrounded by questions of ethics that must be considered carefully in order to ensure that they offer the best education possible. At the time of writing, the author of this paper is preparing to begin a career as an English teacher and sets out to compose an educational philosophy by considering the ethical dilemmas he will face in his field. Seeking to demythologize education and creativity, the author relates his own experience as a young writer under the wing of a volunteer tutor whose careful attention allowed him to become confident in his own ability. The author considers how he might capture this tutor’s attention to detail and bring it to his own classroom despite a significant difference in available time, all while fairly distributing attention to all students. This raises questions about the focus of the curriculum, the nature of classwork, and what expectations a teacher should have for their students. Considering these issues carefully, the writer at last synthesizes his conclusions into a teaching philosophy that encourages creativity and leverages a teacher’s devotion to students to ensure the constant improvement of the classroom.

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Letters to a Lonely Man in a Garret

The field of education is one that is deeply ethical in nature, as every teacher has a responsibility toward their numerous students, whose futures depend on the quality of the instruction given to them. Writing is likewise an ethical practice, since it, like any form of art, uses creativity to make sense of the world and share personal truth in a naturally empathetic and often beautiful way. Thus, an English teacher is surrounded by questions of ethics that must be considered carefully in order to ensure that they offer the best education possible. At the time of writing, the author of this paper is preparing to begin a career as an English teacher and sets out to compose an educational philosophy by considering the ethical dilemmas he will face in his field. Seeking to demythologize education and creativity, the author relates his own experience as a young writer under the wing of a volunteer tutor whose careful attention allowed him to become confident in his own ability. The author considers how he might capture this tutor’s attention to detail and bring it to his own classroom despite a significant difference in available time, all while fairly distributing attention to all students. This raises questions about the focus of the curriculum, the nature of classwork, and what expectations a teacher should have for their students. Considering these issues carefully, the writer at last synthesizes his conclusions into a teaching philosophy that encourages creativity and leverages a teacher’s devotion to students to ensure the constant improvement of the classroom.