I saw this on reddit the other night and at first it made me think about my students and how some of them tend to expect to just "pass." And then they're surprised when they falter in the long run (or at least when grades + their parents become an issue). But then, I also thought about myself and the expectations I hold myself to. I'm pretty proud to say that for the most part I never have complaints about where I'm at, only that I never feel like I have enough time to do everything I want to do. I don't think I'm a particularly smart person but I think what pays off is I AM a particularly hard working person. I hope that in the end my students will learn that being "smart" isn't as important as learning solid work ethic, being a "do-er," and learning to work through their excuses is what will take them as far as I've come in my life. Cheers to those who might've already figured that out! ;) Comment on what the quote means to you and how you might use it in your life!
About The Program
The Ewa Makai Media group consists of Hawaii's first all-inclusive mandatory media program focusing on: Video Production, Business Exploration, and App Design.
About Mr. Toyota
When they say "professions run in the family," the saying holds true for my family and I. My mother, my aunty, and my grandmother were all teachers before me and I didn't ever think I'd be the one to take up the mantle. I've been teaching since 2008 and started at the age of 23 years old.
I'm a National Board Certified teacher with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education: Social Studies. Additionally, I serve as a HSTA PD Trainer, Media Department Founder at Ewa Makai Middle School, Club Advisor, and Event Organizer for video-focused events in the Leeward District.
Basic Teaching Philosophy
There are constantly occurring learning opportunities. As a teacher, it is my duty to not only help students see these opportunities at face value, but to help them profit from these experiences.
I believe that learning is growing and that growing in the right direction is an important aspect of being successful. I can help the imperfect, I can hardly help those who are perfect. Although academics is an important part of a child's life, I understand that a child's life is even more important than school as an institution. Homework, tests, grades, and due dates pale in comparison to preparing a child for their future. I am but one person amongst a community of people that will come into a child's life, whether my role is small or large, my actions have lasting implications.
I will always strive to make a difference, to help student's grow in the right direction, to develop their passions, and to prepare them for the struggles ahead. It is my duty, my honor, and my will as their teacher.
- Ethan Toyota