I consider great teaching and learning to be when a classroom works a cohesive unit, in order to better benefit all of its members. I feel that teachers and students should work together as new understandings and meanings are created. I also believe the teacher should be open to learning from the students. To me great teaching and learning is the sharing of knowledge between the teacher and students. My most memorable learning experience is with my 9th grade biology teacher. He presented the course material in fun and charismatic way. He took a subject matter that is intimidating to many students, and made it accessible to everyone. Many of the students laughed with him during his lectures. I admire his ability to lighten the class mood and still keep the students focused and on task. His room was really well decorated and created an open and welcoming environment.
There are several challenges that teachers are currently facing. School districts and the general public are always pushing to get new technologies in place in classrooms, but many teachers don’t know how use them in their classes. Some teacher even feel that some of the technological devices are just more work for teachers. I feel that if teachers are educated about new technological aids, they will reap many benefits in their classrooms. During one of my field experiences I had the students come up one by one to the SmartBoard, and select answers during a review game. The students really enjoyed interacting with this piece of technology, and it helped them fully engage the material. Current generations of school age students possess a very high level of technological proficiency. Therefore I feel that it is very important for teachers to keep up with their students, to better meet the students’ needs.