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Exemplary Essay

Jackie Calzada

EDUC 101

Professor Alban

Ferris State University


The purpose of education? Well, it can be answered in different ways. Theres the

teaching aspect of education, where we need to educate people so our society can continue to

grow and expand. Yet, here is the social part that plays into education, where students are able to

socialize and interact with others. There are certain areas where the most focus is on though.

Those aspects would be: Intellectual, Political/Civic, Economic and Social. Each in important

when it comes to education.

Now, the role of an educator is to show students why we have education. A way that they

can do that is to encourage them to do their best in school. Some students do not see the reason

why we put such an importance on education, so as educators, we need to illustrate to them the

reasons why. Whether it be through the assessments, or the way you teach, students need to

realize how education effects them in their everyday left. In the aspect of intellectual, education

is to receive new knowledge and use that in the world.

When youre teaching a class, each student is going to learn a certain way. Some might

be similar to other students in the class, yet there may be some who are completely different.

There are the students that are more hands on, but there are also students who learn by listening

and taking notes. As a teacher, you need to learn how your students learn and try your best to

accommodate the different learning styles so each student is able to learn to the best of their

abilities. There will be instances where you arent able to satisfy everyones needs but as a

teacher, all you can really do is try your best.

In the classroom, there has to be a well-developed learning environment students to learn

properly. Students learn better when theyre comfortable. As the teacher, its also important to

have a relationship with the students. If you as an educator isnt making the effort to be friendly

with their students, it wont be a good environment. Students need to feel that sense of

belonging, especially at the younger ages.

There are certain characteristics that an effective teacher should have or learn to develop.

According to M. Hildebrand, the characteristics present in an effective teacher would be as

followed: Organization and Clarity, Analytic/Synthetic Approach, Dynamism and Enthusiasm,

Instructor-Group Interaction and Instructor-Individual Student Interaction (Hildebrand, 1971).

All of those characteristics help build an effective teacher. Having organization, being able to

have good interaction with the students is so crucial to being successful in class.


M. Hildebrand, R.C. Wilson, and E.R. Dienst, Evaluating University Teaching. (Berkeley: UC

Berkeley, Center for Research and Development in Higher Education, 1971)