Q&A with a Profound Gentlemen

Profound Gentlemen, Eddison Wilkinson, sat down with intern, Carlos, to discuss his feelings towards the upcoming school year. We are very excited for all of our teachers who will be returning to school, and can’t wait to see what they all do this year!

Carlos: What grade do you teach and how long have you been teaching?
Eddison: I teach middle school English Language Arts. I’m entering my third year of teaching and I’ll be teaching 7th grade.

Carlos: How do you feel about going back into the classroom this fall?
Eddison: Although I’m quite excited, I honestly feel very nervous. I often worry about my effectiveness as an instructor and if I’m doing enough. Unfortunately, that feeling never dissipates, but I’ve learned to use it as fuel for persistence.

Carlos: What are you most excited for this upcoming school year?
Eddison: I’m really excited about introducing new material into the classroom and refining techniques from prior years.  It’s also exciting to see new faces. The first month we’re getting to know one another, but I enjoy the part of the year when the class begins to feel like family.

Carlos: What are some goals that you have set for this school year?

Eddison: My personal goals include setting aside more time for television and leisure reading. I have to remind myself that I’m human, and it’s okay to indulge in activities that bring you joy. Professionally, I want to become better at igniting a spark of excitement in the classroom.  From my end, I know it will involve incorporating a multitude of literacy practices that can precisely meet the needs of each student. It’ll also involve sustaining positive relationships and knowing my students.

 

Carlos: What is an issue you would love to see resolved in education?
Eddison: The lack of funding in public education is so visible across the nation, and it’s disheartening to see it negatively impact our most vulnerable communities.

Carlos: How do you think that issue could be resolved?
Eddison: I believe it will take advocacy and a collection of voices.

Carlos: What steps would you like to take within your classroom to achieve that?
Eddison: Inquiry-based instruction is one way to inspire independent thinking. So as a teacher I would like to make class material applicable to the reality students are facing and then have them construct their own answers or new questions.

 

Carlos: If your students gained at least one new idea from you this year, what would you want it to be?
Eddison: Don’t stop asking questions.