“Challenges for Teachers”

teacher challenges

Teaching is far from easy or smiles and kisses.  Teaching or should I say educating is a challenging, yet a rewarding adventure.  Anyone who believes that teaching is “easy” has no idea about educating young minds.  Our students are very intelligent and intellectual, and they are often times distracted by outside circumstances that stretch beyond the school walls.

Educating is bigger than just teaching a child a concept and expecting them to retain it.  Teaching is about penetrating the minds of our students.  Before you can truly educate a child, I believe you first have to reach that particular child or children.  This leads me to the most challenging, or what I believe to be the most difficult part of the learning process.  In order to reach our students, teachers have to figure out what learning methods work best for each individual student; hence, the reason I refer to it as the most difficult part of the learning process.  Teachers have to have a starting point or at least find one in each child’s mind.  I am a firm believer in, “all children can learn, but not all children learn the same”.

As a teacher, my biggest question to myself has been, “how do I relay knowledge to my students in a way that draws them in, allows them to grasp the concept, and process that information?” Teaching is searching for your student’s actions and responses to ensure that they not only get ‘it’, but understand and obtain the information that you are trying to get them to perceive.  How do you start their thinking process without tapping into a student’s mind? Again, in my opinion, this is the most difficult process; however, it can also be the most rewarding and amazing beginning, once you are able to see your students make that connection.  This is what teaching is all about; it is not easy, but instead an ongoing adventure.

Published by Andrea Pickens and Associates, LLC

Greetings: My name is Andrea S. Pickens; I have several years of experience in education and youth development all of which include teaching and leading youth in under-resourced and economically disadvantaged communities. I believe that it is critical to the academic and over success of our youth to have proper academic and social-emotional support. This support is often found in schools and after-school programs that intervene by providing tutoring/enrichment services and are equipped with effective teachers and leaders. My belief is that each child can learn, but not all children learn the same; diversity and equity is crucial to youth development. It is my mission as an educator, entrepreneur, and servant-leader to equip and empower others in youth development and education to reach our youth beyond the secondary classroom. Yours in Education, Andrea S. Pickens, M.Ed

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