August 14, 2016
By Mickey Powell
MARTINSVILLE – Students learn a lot from their teachers, but teachers learn just as much – if not more – from their students, Jeremy Scott believes.
No matter how much experience a teacher has, “I don’t think every teacher knows everything about teaching,” said Scott, a new math teacher at Martinsville High School (MHS) who is starting his career as an educator.
Experience comes through getting to know students as people, realizing how individual students learn best, figuring out ways to help them learn based on their specific needs and then applying those methods, he said.
In the process, Scott said, “you learn a lot about yourself,” such as your strengths and weaknesses in communicating.
The more individual attention that students receive from teachers, the better they often are able to learn, he reasoned.
Teachers have more time to spend with students the fewer they have, Scott said. When doing his student teaching in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, he had about 32 students per class. At MHS, his largest class has 25.
It may not seem like it, he said, but “seven is a huge difference” in being able to make personal connections with students.
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