My Educational Philosophy!
My name is Casey Sistrunk and I came from a small high school in Texas named Elysian Fields. I am now in my second year as an Elementary Education major at Louisiana State University of Shreveport. I am currently working as a lifeguard instructor, and I love to have the ability to teach others how to save lives. As my educational career moves forward I have some big goals that I want to accomplish. I want to be able to inspire my students to find a love of learning within themselves, I want to make a difference in my student’s day to day lives, I want to show my students that making mistakes are not a bad thing; they are a learning experience, and I want to be able to learn from my students every single day.
As a future educator in my community I am going to play a bigger role to my students, and my students families, than just teaching information out of a ten year old book. I am going to be shaping the future generations lives. I know that some of my students will not have a very big support system in their homes, and I want to be that support system to those students. I want to be able to turn a student who does not have a care in the world about education, or their future jobs from education, to a student who has that internal flame within themselves to learn. I believe that all things are possible, if you want it within yourself badly enough. That is what I want my students to leave my classroom knowing. They need to know that no matter where they come from, who their parents are, or the type of clothes that they have in their closet, if they have the desire within themselves to have a better future then they will!
I believe that students learn better when they can do hands on learning/experiments. By having the opportunity to learn by doing hands on assignments, I believe the lesson takes on a deeper meaning to the students. For example, if a student is asked a question such as, if Jacob has to draw a picture of a human heart and only has 15 minutes to do this, can it be done? The students can either simply say yes or no, or the students could try it for themselves. The students would be able to test their drawing skills, their knowledge of the human heart, and their time management skills all in one hands on assignment. I believe that teaching in this way gives the lesson a deeper meaning to the students, and gives the students a feeling of achievement when they are able to hold something that they created.
All of my students that walk through the door of my classroom on the first day of school, will be carrying their own personal baggage and emotions. I feel that it is my duty to be able to show my students that when they walk into the doors of my classroom they are in a safe environment. They don’t need to worry about what is happening at home and what they have to deal with when the bell rings. My classroom will be a safe and open environment for all. I will show my students that they can talk to me about anything, even if it is not school related, with no personal judgement on them. If a student is emotionally worried it is hard for them to be able to fully learn, but if a student feels safe they can conquer it all! I strongly believe that if my students feel safe in my classroom, to get their emotions off of their chest, then they all have the potential to learn to their fullest extent.
To be an effective teacher I believe you have to have certain qualities within yourself; such as compassion for students when it is needed, love for your students, a strong work ethic, major organizational skills, and understanding that being a “great” teacher calls for constant change and growth. Without these qualities, is a teacher really effective? I believe that to even get through one day as a teacher, you have to love what you are doing and the kids you are teaching. Without those two simple things you can never become, or be, an effective teacher for your students.
I have huge goals as a future teacher that I have stated throughout. Goals such as wanting to be able to inspire my students to find a love of learning within themselves, wanting to make a difference in my student’s day to day lives, wanting to show my students that making mistakes are not a bad thing; they are a learning experience, and wanting to be able to learn from my students every single day. I believe by having these goals I will strive to be a better teacher for my students, and a better teacher/learner for myself.
My Educational Technology Philosophy!
As a future teacher I know that technology is a big part of today’s classrooms, and only continues to become a bigger and bigger part. Every single day technology becomes more and more advanced. The computers are becoming smaller, cell phones are becoming bigger and able to do more things, and most students wouldn’t even know what a library is if it wasn’t for mandatory reading. Teachers need to be able to go with the flow of technology. For example, chrome books and IPads are becoming a huge part of classroom assignments and activates. I personally have never worked on a chrome book and do not know what it is capable of. As a future teacher it is important that I know and learn about a chrome book, and that I learn about any other new types of technology that is out there. If I don’t know about the technology in today’s world, how will my students get a firm grasp on it? Without my help they will become even more behind on their technology skills, because I came to them behind myself.
In my opinion technology does have a place in the classroom. I believe that by having technology in the classroom, students will be able to have a broader knowledge; not just about technology but about the material I give them as well. For example, I can split my students up into groups, depending on how many computers I have, and give each group a certain place in the world to look up. After a set amount of time each group would present to the class what they learned from searching the web. This enables the students to have a hands on assignment, a group assignment, and learn how to speak in front of their peers. Without technology being in the classroom, this wouldn’t even be possible. This is just one example of the benefits of having technology in the classroom, and there is so much more!
I feel that students need to learn that technology is a good thing, but in the wrong hands it can turn out bad. When my students leave my classroom at the end of the year, I want them to learn what being safe on technology really means. Throughout the year I will show them the correct ways to keep their passwords safe; by having strong passwords to start with, I will teach them that what is put on the internet never truly goes away even if you delete it, and I will teach my students how they should portray themselves while on the internet. I will teach my students all of these things by having them do interactive assignments on the internet; setting up passwords to see if they come up with strong or weak ones, have one student each day give me a good example of how they have properly portrayed themselves on the internet, and show videos of what could happen if they miss use technology. I feel that by doing all of these things, my students will have a better understanding of how to safely navigate technology.
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