Educator | Life-long Learner | Corgi Guardian | Self Proclaimed Jack of All Trades
Hello! I am currently a Teacher Candidate studying and training at CSU San Marcos. For the Fall Semester, I co-taught Biology at El Camino High School in Oceanside. Currently, I am co-teaching Human Biology at Mt. Carmel High School.
My metaphor for teaching is that teaching is akin to building and maintaining a fire. In order to produce a fire that is useful and beneficial, one must plan and gather the materials beforehand. The kindling must be carefully arranged to allow that introduced spark to take hold. The spark can come from many different sources. It can be something simple and conventional like a Bic lighter or something more involved and labor-intensive like using a bow and string to generate heat from friction. No matter how it is done, once that fire is lit, it must be nursed and coaxed to grow. As it grows, the fire will find its own path within the framework of kindling that was built, but the firebuilder must react and continue to breathe greater life into it until the fire has taken full hold until it can stand on its own. At this point, the maker is now a caretaker whose role is to maintain that useful energy by providing needed fuel at appropriate moments and jostling the fire to introduce new air and life into it.
That’s teaching to me. It’s planning, inspiring, adapting, and maintaining a love of learning by building a space where success is fuel that gives life to the spark of knowledge.