The ones who choose to stick it out typically will seek ways to enhance what they learned during their teacher preparation courses. Teachers that remain in the profession are generally required to attend staff development or professional development over the course of the school year. For most teachers this is a waste of time and resources because it is usually some guest speaker who stands up in front of the entire school faculty and staff and talks about their past teaching experiences if any and whatever book they are selling. These are days that could be spent adding value to our teachers and school districts with professional development programs that provide engaging activities and give teachers something to take back to their classrooms. Some research has been done but more is needed when it comes to meaningful professional development for teachers.
I feel good teaching shows students how to apply the knowledge they learned. I want to model what they learned so they can apply it to their everyday life. I attend to teach my students to be active members of society and be aware and respectful of others’ culture, and teach them how to apply the skills they learn in art in their everyday life. Art classes throughout kindergarten and up to my junior year in college have taught me so much about expression, performance and making a statement. Learning and practicing art introduces a new way of processing information, and approaching problems.
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At the end of the 180 day, the teachers and students have enjoyed a relaxing vacation during three month long summer breaks. Schools will continue to follow 180 days system on the calendar; yet, these will have a shorter every term. The traditional calendar is simply changing the instruction and summer vacation that all the all students and staff are in school or vacation at the same time. Many people thought YRE is a good idea for students to improve academic achievement; but there are several reasons why going to school all year round is a bad idea against YRE because the family tradition, work experience, and air conditioning. The first reason for the traditional school year, the students should have a break time and they will spend time for the family traditional vacation.
“According to Dewey there is no way to learn other than to experience the consequences of an action; you children must have the right to make mistakes without the loss of self-esteem (Seefeldt, Castle & Felconer).” I have learned that it’s great to have students participate in making classroom rules so that they are a part of this process from class. I’m not sure if the students had that opportunity, but I know that I want to make that happen in my classroom. The students in this classroom recite their classroom rules every morning after the pledge. In class we discussed factors that can cause children to demonstrate challenging behaviors. Things such as emotional, family, school, physical, learning challenges and environment.
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