As a prospective teacher my goal is for all my students to learn in my classroom. To ensure my students are learning I will first make sure they are actively engaged in the lesson or assignment by asking question, using topics of interest and making sure I am on the same level as my students. Aside from assessment, I would approach my students with ways of a progressive teacher. I would allow students to teach small concepts to the class with assistance. I recall doing this approach as a student in high school; it helped me learn the information on a deeper level. Each student should have an equal opportunity engage in the lesson. My lessons will have an auditory, visual and kinesthetic component. I observed a teacher who set individual goals for each student to ensure learning in her classroom. No two child’s goals would be the same. The goal setting will track the student’s progress and keep them motivated. Keeping the classroom interesting for my students is very important. I want to see my students actively enjoying the material at hand. Calling on students to ask question would ensure all students are actively listening. Pair-share is a method I enjoyed as a student. Pair-Share allows students to collaborate with each other, making a conclusion about the topic being discussed. With subjects such as Social Studies, I would consider doing learning centers or using songs and music to help remember states, dates and important events. Informative feedback is an affective method as well. This guides students redirect their thinking and show them different approaches to master the concept or skill. No two students are the same each has different needs. To reach each individual, working in small groups who are similar in their learning abilities would benefit the student and the teacher. I observed this method while at North Desoto Middle School. The students and teacher benefited greatly. Since each student would fall under different learning styles, giving multi-learning style homework would help stray away from hours of traditional homework. Student learning is one goal as a prospective educator. Setting daily goals for my students and myself would assist us to stay on track. Goals will show students what they have missed or learned from the lesson. Showing the real world connection to the concept would encourage them to master the concept. Having a progressive mindset and following John Dewey’s belief, I believe the goal of education is to teach students to be problem solvers. Also, education is not to prepare a child for life, but education is an asset of their life. To accomplish this goal, my student will have steps to solve problems that will be relevant to any subject matter.
School is changing just as the world is. Staying up to date in technology, curriculum, and classroom design and family values is of importance to me. To keep the curriculum relevant to the times and age of the students is important. In my lessons, I will try to always include a technology component, which would be done at school, because not every child will have access to a computer at home. Having a team of teachers working together across the subject or grade would help the teacher teach effectively by integrating lesson plans across the subjects. Frequently communicating with parents about the students needs would help the teacher and students become more successful.
Elements of the classroom should change on a scheduled basis. This task may be as simple as frequently rotating the seating arrangement to keep students comfortable with change. As a role model for my students, I will show them to appreciate diversity. As seating arrangements change, I would integrate my students by race, gender and class. This would help my students appreciate the diverse country we live in. I plan to have a fun classroom for my kids. Having a good education and fun teachers will forever impact a child in the academic career and life. One teacher who mastered this concept was my sophomore English teacher. She is one of my many influences on becoming a teacher. As a teacher, I will always be a student. I will always pour my cup into someone else’s, and expect the same from others. Teachers will ultimately lead the classroom but we are able to learn about life from our young students as well. Continuing to get a better education will better me as a teacher to better service my students. To accomplish this, I will be attending workshops, conferences and learn from mentors and the great teachers who have come before me. Staying up to date on currents ideas, methods and technologies will help ensure I am giving all my students the education they deserve.
My Philosophy of Educational Technology