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Teaching Philosophy


09 Sep

Your interests in new techniques, activities and types of learning:
I have a very big interest in new and different types of learning and new teaching techniques. I have a strong desire to be an affective teacher and I have a fear that I am not going to be one. It’s cause of this fear that I really enjoy reading, learning and collaborating with others in this field to find new ways to strengthen my teaching skills. I also think it is really important for all teachers to know and understand the different ways in which people learn and we need to know them inside out. I believe that through understanding the different ways in which our students learn and doing our best to develop lesson plans that explain the material in as many different learning styles possible is going to be the most affective type of lesson plan. If one student learns better with a book in hand but another student learns better by using the computer, how can I create a lesson plan where both students learn affectively? I’m really interested in what kind of activities  I can bring my classroom that can create a fun, active and hands on learning environment. I think that by making a lesson as active and hands on as possible students will not only retain more information but they will also enjoy learning! That’s very important tome, I want to feed students’ learning by not just helping them to learn but getting them excited about learning so that when they come across difficult material they don’t just get frustrated and give up like I did but keep trying because even though the material is hard they are enjoying learning about it!

A reflection of why I plan to teach the way I will:
I believe that learning occurs most from hands on experience and when we interact and learn from our peers. I plan to have as many group activities and small group discussions as possible in my classroom. According to an article I found, “according to the currently dominating social constructivism theory, learning is not a passive, receptive process, but an active and constructive one, where “the others” play an important role…” (Brayden & George , 2010, p. 152). I think it is important to bring collaboration into the classroom because not only does it expose children to ideas different from their own but it also allows them the chance to work together as a group and how to listen and respect other people’s views and ideas. Also, if a student is struggling with an idea or a concept I think it is better for them to talk it out with peers and try to figure it out together rather than just running to the teacher for the correct answer every time. I also plan to create lesson plans that teach to many different types of learning styles rather than just one. I also plan on asking for advice from my peers if my students aren’t understanding something and I can not figure out what I’m doing wrong and why the students can’t understand the material. I will not be afraid to ask for help nor will I be afraid to admit that I did something wrong or that I need to improve in a  certain area.

Link to the pages from the book that is quoted above: http://www.scribd.com/doc/35085466/New-Forms-of-and-Tools-for-Cooperative-Learning-with-Social-Software-in-Higher-Education

Source: Brayden, M., & George , F. (2010). Computer-assisted teaching: New developments. Retrieved from http://www.scribd.com/doc/35085466/New-Forms-of-and-Tools-for-Cooperative-Learning-with-Social-Software-in-Higher-Education

 

The goals you have for yourself and your students:
The goals I have for myself as a teacher are to be a good teacher, to be a good listener, to accept criticism and advice when if is offered, I also want to take part in special professional organizations. As stated in our text book Foundations of Education, “…the professional organizations that best serves teachers usually focuses on their major field. A subject centered professional association provides a meeting ground for teachers who share similar interests” (Ornstein, Levine & Gutek, 2011, p. 49). I think that these organizations can be very helpful and are important to the growths of teachers and their knowledge and I hope to be a part of one some day. I don’t want to be a teacher that gets stuck in their ways. My goal is to be a teacher who is continually learning and growing as my students change from year to year. My goals for my students is that I want them to enjoy learning! Obviously I want them to learn and grow up to be productive members of society but I want them to enjoy it a long the way. I want them to enjoy it so much that they set goals for themselves and their own education and soak up as much knowledge as possible!

Ornstein, A., Levine, D., & Gutek, G. (2011). Foundations of education. (11 ed.). Belmont: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

This Video is a good example of taking one lesson and using different methods to teach it and a good example of students having hands on experiences with a subject that is being taught. It was fun to see how involved the students got! http://youtu.be/xr9kcpvuHto

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