I guess my blog reflects those of the majority of my students – it exists very far and in between. So I guess it’s time to make a blog post. This week I asked my students who they are as filmmakers, also discussing strengths and weaknesses. I will ask myself that question relating to my job – who am I as a lecturer?
First of I see myself as an educator. I love teaching, have never regretted becoming an academic and will never trade teaching for the industry. My passion is to share my knowledge with others. I try to make learning fun. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But what drives me every day is coming up with more “fun” ideas. The ultimate focus here is learning though and my aim is to get the best out of each and every student. I try to be fair and I try to encourage the dreams and hopes of my students. I try to “outdo” myself each trimester by making the courses fresh and different. I don’t want to be doing the same powerpoint for 5 years in a row….
That is also my downfall. Because I try to better myself each trimester it results in me putting more and more of myself into my work. Sometimes to the detriment of myself and my family. I’m a perfectionist and because I put so much effort into my work trying to be “perfect” I expect that from others as well. Which is not always fair. But then I have students who outperform every single expectation and it makes it awesome to teach.
My biggest weakness is my mouth. I talk a lot. No let’s rephrase I talk A LOT! I know I need to work on it, but when the habit is part of your personality, it becomes so much more difficult to change. I remember when I was in second grade – my teacher used to tape my mouth shut so that she could teach. Once she even threatened to staple my mouth! Truly, honestly. So I’ve had this defect since childhood.
My main strength as an educator is that I genuinely care about every person that steps into my classroom. I really want to see them succeed and when they do, it gives me so much job satisfaction to know I had a little part to play in that success story.
Looking forward to many success stories this year!