All Children Can Learn
Reflecting on my personal experience I will never judge or make pre-assumptions of what my students are capable of. I believe every student can learn and achieve standards set. If teachers can instill confidence in a student that student has the capabilities of accomplishing goals never expected. All students are different and their differences are what make each child unique and as educators we should embrace these differences. Many teachers today try to change and conform the child to fit a standard form with no thought of adapting to the student’s needs, which leads to a misbehaved student who’s frustrated with the curriculum.
My students will have expectations other educators will assume too high for the child to meet. These students will be presented challenges they will assume impossible and when they succeed confidence will be instilled. This instilled confidence will reflect in all academic subjects and will look at challenges in a positive light. These challenges will be presented in different forms, yet one unique way, will be through interactive game play. Students will be given the opportunity during the day to challenge their learning capabilities through game play and re-enforce strategies and curriculum. Being able to individualize learning needs with interactive game play I can individually assess my students without the stress current assessments can cause on student success levels. I can also provide students with learning disabilities specific games to enhance their skills and an opportunity to learn from their classmates.
I want to be an engaging educator where my students are active participants. I want my students to think independently. I will build self-esteem in my students because I believe each student brings unique experiences, skills, and knowledge to the classroom, and will learn better if they can tie new information to what they know or are interested in. The first step is getting to really know students in order to understand what motivates them. I will provide opportunities where they can share their stories and experiences, likes and dislikes, which will help guide instruction. By understanding and encouraging individuality of students, I will create lessons that incorporate the multiple intelligences and interests that students possess. I will develop lessons so that students think critically and activate Background Knowledge.
The most common tools of assessment homework, quizzes, exams, and projects are not just methods of collecting information about student learning, but also serve as motivational tools. Assessment is also a way of giving feedback to the students so that they might correct problems. Students need the time and opportunity to correct their errors, since this is where some of the most productive learning takes place. The homework policy should encouraged learning and reward persistence in problem solving.
I find it equally important to reflect what and how I teach. I am always seeking new ideas and ways a lesson can be more effective and effiecient. After each day I take time to reflect and assess. During my reflection I am able to look at my successes and challenges to see how I can help my students be more successful.
In order for learning to take place in the classroom, students must feel safe, respected, and like a valued part of the classroom community. I will strive to be a role model guide, mentor, and advisor to my students. I will promote this type of atmosphere by encouraging positive interactions between students. By providing activities and lessons where children are collaborating and interacting in a positive way, we can build an open-minded and respectful environment together. The classroom should be a community in which students engage in social practice, which is the fundamental process by which we learn and so become, who we are. The ideas and thoughts this child will have will create a different experience in my classroom that will be something I will never be able to reproduce again.
I believe Classroom Management is the key component in any educational setting. I believe that if students are in a safe environment, then learning can take place. This doesn’t necessarily mean punishing behavior problems but rather a combination of setting the tone in a class, preventing behavior problems with interesting and engaging curriculums and effectively including all students in the classroom so that their needs are met. Having the right environment for all students to learn is my major goal of implementing good classroom management–without it the students would not be able to learn.
Collaboration and Communication
To provide the best educational environment for students, I will strive to collaborate with other professionals, parents and volunteers. I believe in a strong partnership between school and home. The book, In Schools We Trust: Creating Communities of Learning in an Era of Testing and Standardized Testing, by Deborah Meier reminds teachers what we mean to students. Schools used to be a part of the community where students felt comfortable to be in when they didn’t want to go home; now students are pushed out the doors and told to leave. This is not how I would like my students to feel and I will make my classroom a part of the community again. I hope to be able to help my students learn more about the community they live in and work on projects to give back.