Philosophy of Teaching
I consider teaching elementary school to be an absolute honor. I know that educating children comes with a lot of responsibility, because it is my job to help guide them to become the best possible versions of themselves. At the elementary level there are several philosophies that have helped to guide me.
Looking at the social constructivist L.S. Vygotsky I agree with some of his concepts about learning—that it is socially constructed. I believe that in order to get higher level thinking in your classroom you need students to collaborate with each other, as well as myself. Allowing students to collaborate with each other gives them opportunities to explore other student’s opinions and learn from each other. Collaborating with me allows for higher order thinking to occur by conversation and questioning. A great way to incorporate this into the classroom is by do the I do, we do, you do method. This is where the teacher models what the students will be doing and walks them through the steps. Then the teacher allows for collaboration time for the students to work together. Lastly, the students take what they’ve learned from the first two models and they do it independently. Being able to work with others is a skill that students need not just for school, but for life. It is important for students to be able to effectively communicate with other students, because they need to be able to go out into the real world and be able to do this with others.
Secondly, I believe that all students learn best when they are actively engaged in instruction. This is extremely important for elementary students, because if you do not actively engage them then you will lose their attention and that will lead to classroom management issues. The best way to keep students engaged is by doing hands on activities. Whether it be using manipulatives to do math problems or making experiments for science students are going to be the most engaged if they are able to actively participate. Another way that students can be engaged is through technology. Using technological resources is a great way to get students attention. It might be as simple as showing them a video with interactions on the SMART board or it could be a game that you’ve designed for them to play on the internet, whatever it may be students love computer time and that is a great way to keep them engaged.
Lastly, I believe that classroom management and instruction go hand-in-hand. You cannot have effective instruction if you do not have successful classroom management. If you are actively engaging students it is my experience that there are fewer issues with classroom management and vice versa, if students know your classroom expectations then instruction is able to move smoother. A big part of those two is efficiently managing time. If students know what is expected from them then less instructional time will be lost transitioning between activities. I want to create an environment that fosters independence for my students and therefore they have to know what is expected of them. Another way to keep the classroom running efficiently is by differentiating instruction for all students. Knowing your students benchmarks and the criteria that they meet is extremely important for instruction and classroom management. If assignments or task are too challenging for students they will get frustrated and thus that will lead to students acting up and misbehaving. On the flip side if this is too easy then they will get finished to quickly and that will allow time for them to goof off or do things that they are not supposed too. Therefore, differentiating is extremely important aspect of the relationship between instruction and management.
In summary, my philosophy of teaching comes from my experiences as a student myself and the experiences that I have had in the classroom thus far. I want my students to collaborate with each other and myself to promote higher order questioning and thinking. I want instruction to be hands on and engaging so I don’t lose students to management issues. Having expectations for the classroom so students always know how they should be behaving is important to the management of the classroom, as well.
Hello, my name is Jordyn Daws and I am working towards a certification in elementary education at the University of Kentucky! I am so thrilled that you have decided to take a look at my page!
I am originally from Somerset, Kentucky but I have lived in Lexington for a little over four years now. Besides getting practical experience with children by being in the College of Education I have also worked for two years at a local daycare. Outside of working with children some of my interest include supporting UK athletics and reading. I recently just adopted a playful kitten named Wally! My goal upon graduation is obtaining a position as a teacher in a K-5 setting!
Examples of Lessons Taught:
Creating summaries in Mrs. Roscoe's 4th grade class!
Lesson using Duck for President in Kindergarten. Lesson was designed to help students understand the election process! Students used graphic organizer to help them decide who to vote for and then we cast our vote in the voting booth!