I feel as though I am in expert in the relational aspect of teaching. I am a very relational person, and I think that this overflows into teaching as well. Of course, there is a level of professionalism in any job, and a fine line between being a student’s friend and an authority figure, but I think it is also necessary to build relationships and community within your classroom. As a leader in my sorority, it is important to strong in my beliefs and strict to an extent to enforce rules, but there is also a level of friendship that comes with being on leadership. You want to be seen as someone that upholds the rules, but also as someone that is approachable and easy to talk to if someone has a problem and they need someone to go to.
While I have not done many things in my past work experience, I have worked for seven summers at a local summer camp near my home. This is deeply relational because while it is a classroom-like setting, the kids aren’t directly learning material. They are there for friendship and to create memories. Being a camp counselor is an integral part of a kid’s summer camp experience, and it really can make or break their memories of summertime. I would hope to mirror some aspects in their own classrooms, but also provide a more informal and carefree environment where kids are given permission to be themselves, no pressure.