Educational Autobiography Essay
1436 WordsNov 10th, 20106 Pages
September 8, 2010
Educational Autobiography A lot of people think education is just something you get in school, but in reality education comes from different places and people not just school and teachers. For example, way before I started school I was already being educated by my parents, they taught me how to eat, behave, use the bathroom, talk, and a lot of other things that help out in life. I started my educational career in John F. Kennedy Elementary. I don’t really remember my years there because I only went there for Kindergarten and 1st grade. After that, I went to Sepulveda Elementary. That was a learning experience because I had to basically be on my own for a couple of days since I was the new…show more content…
Sadly to say, I didn’t really have a teacher in middle school that made a big impact in my life but I matured on my own and got my stuff together and put my work first and girls second. When I graduated 8th grade I was so excited because I had accomplished something special but I knew that wasn’t the end but in fact a beginning to an even bigger obstacle, high school. I still remember on the day of graduation my mom went alone because my dad was working and after I told her that this wasn’t the last time she would see me walking down for a diploma because in couple more years I would be doing it again. That was a big deal because she never graduated high school neither did my dad because my mom had me and they had to care for me. Then finally I made it to high school. This was the place where everything I learned up to now would help me. My 9th grade year was really good I met new friends that I still talk to, got good grades but other than that it was a normal year. When I went to 10th grade I was in AOF (Academy of Finance) or Global. At first I was a little optimistic about being in it because I didn’t really know a lot of people but I stayed because I was a little curious about the whole business stuff going on in there. It was a good decision to stay because I really enjoy all the business related work and I am looking forward to even having some sort of a business career later on in life. The teacher that really made an impact on me is the teacher for whom I
This dissertation presents my educational autobiography, the result of my reflection on experiences during my school life, my teaching life, and my life as a mother to reveal who I am personally and professionally in my journey to become a reflective teacher, a teacher who takes her students’ wellbeing into her mind in the everyday life of classrooms and schools. In order to write my stories, I searched incidences that related to my experiences with learning and teaching and making sense of them. Through the process of framing and reframing my experiences, I gained a better understanding of my journey as an educator and became capable of articulating my experiences along this journey. My broad goal in this thesis is to improve the quality of teacher education at Universitas Terbuka (UT) through broadening the notion of reflection in its curriculum. As writing autobiography is one of the pathways to becoming a reflective teacher, I would like to experience the process of writing autobiography before I introduce the idea to student teachers. I would like to experience the dark, the disoriented, the dreadful feeling and the brightness of writing autobiography narratively. Writing my autobiography not only helped me to excavate my old lives and make meaning out of them, revealing my self, but also to realise the importance of learning from my experience. Professionally, writing my autobiography helped to overcome my fear of writing. The process of making meaning of incidents was strengthened by my understanding of concepts and theories that could be used to illuminate them. I gained new knowledge because writing my autobiography encouraged me to search for related literatures that helped me understand my experiences. From my experience of writing my autobiography and synthesizing theories and practices of reflection in teacher education, I propose ideas to improve UT’s teacher education by strengthening the notion of reflection in its curriculum.