Geography and History: Why did I choose to be a teacher?

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Geography and History Why did I choose to be a teacher

We invited Prof. Stella Rocha, Prof. Valmir de Sousa Farias, and Prof. Nívea Lemos for a chat about teaching History and Geography.

Understanding past and present times, and the relationships between society and space, is part of both History and Geography.

History helps us understand past and present time, while Geography studies the relationships between society and space. Both disciplines are essential for the study and training of several other professions, in addition to historian and geographer, offering a range of options for work, whether in schools, museums, or projects, among others.

To talk about the market, profile, and reasons to pursue this career, we invited Prof. Stella Rocha, coordinator of the UNISUAM Degree School, Prof. Valmir de Sousa Farias, coordinator of the Degree in History, and Profª Nívea Lemos, historian, pedagogue, psychopedagogue and educational advisor, for a chat in the live marathon of the “Much More Future” project, which helps you choose which career path follows.

?Check out some of the main topics discussed on the live!?

Why Degree?

In recent years, many institutions have closed their Degree courses. While UNISUAM is returning with its courses with the School of Degrees. This decision is based on the understanding that this is an essential function, as any other profession goes through a school.

This responsibility for training many other professionals gives the teacher a very important social role, mainly as a shaper of citizens’ opinions.

A good way to exemplify this relevance is by looking at the moment we live in today. Both from a historical and geographical point of view, we are living in a moment in Brazil and in the world of many questions, and polarizations, even more so with the pandemic, and Prof. Valmir points out that all this happened years ago. “We had the vaccine revolt, and if you look at the content. As the press reported at the time, the opposition, all of this is repeated today”, he comments.

Taking the vaccine hook, for Prof. Stella, Geography is also extremely important at this moment to understand a series of questions against the vaccine, as it is necessary to understand who these people will have access to, where they are, among other factors that include geopolitical and geoeconomic issues, for example.

Understanding all of this helps us to understand and know ourselves even more, just as it happened with Prof. Nívea. She says that before her degree in History, she didn’t have much idea of ​​who she was or her place, but that today, through understanding these sciences, she is able to understand her place as a voice in society.

Furthermore, there are several possibilities for work for graduates. Who can support work in other areas, such as architecture, anthropology, and art. For example. A historian can provide consultancy in the production of films, documentaries, the historical heritage of a museum, and much more! In geography, for example, georeferencing is associated with marketing, which, based on certain information that is entered into the tool, allows you to choose the best place to place an advertisement.

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What is the profile of History and Geography teachers?

Graduates, both in History and Geography, can work in schools, museums, publishing houses, and several other places, but regardless of where they work, they need to develop a series of characteristics to deal with the day-to-day challenges of the profession.

Knowing how to manage conflicts is one of them, comments Prof. Nívea, giving as an example the fact that, many times, the teacher will be working in a classroom. Debating different historical moments with their students, and they may have different positions. “So, what to do? Will you take one side? Or another? They often ask me what my position is, but I say that I could answer, however, that my role there is to provoke, make them think and reflect”. She said, reinforcing the idea that teachers need to be able to articulate students, understand each other’s sides.

For many, teaching is a vocation, but even if it helps. That alone is not enough to build a career, recall teachers Stella and Nívea. Highlighting that teachers need to be constantly developing. Because they learn every day, in every contact you have with your students.

Having good communication and knowing how to tell stories are also important skills that will help you capture the student’s attention and teach the content in the best way possible. In addition to this, the ability to organize information is another characteristic that Prof. Nívea specifies as being one of the biggest challenges. “Because you have 3 classes to talk about 100 years of history. So imagine that we have to concentrate on the main milestones, and debates and pass this on to the student”.

MUDE at the Graduate School

MUDE is UNISUAM’s new teaching model. Which consists of dividing the learning process into modules that qualify you from the initial periods because we know that this moment of training is very important.

This way, in each module, you will have contact with specific content and pedagogical content, that is, you will have knowledge of STORY or Geography, depending on your choice. And Pedagogy will bring the didactic part, where you will learn how to transmit knowledge. Listen, get to know each other, because the teacher is a type of leader and needs to know his group. In addition to understanding the best way to convey the content to him.

“The idea that the teacher is the owner of knowledge no longer exists. He is always exchanging knowledge, and MUDE gives you all the tools to exchange, dialogue, and debate”, said Prof. Valmir.

Want to stay even more up-to-date with this chat? Then watch the full video below.

You can check out more videos from the Much More Future Marathon on our YouTube playlist by clicking here. (link to playlist)

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