Finally, as an individual, I feel if I established medium and high control I will be able to handle student’s behaviors more efficiently, where as low control might be difficult for me to implement without risking a loss of control in the classroom. In preparing a philosophy of classroom management, it is crucial that my style of control encourage all students to be self-disciplined and autonomous. By this I mean that students develop a sense of being in charge and responsible for their own behavior. Students should be guided by the rules and procedures I set for them, yet they should determine their own behavior based on expectations set in the classroom. For example, students should know and decide to respect other students and the teacher in class.
“It is also important to involve the students in the development of these rules; this not only facilitates their understanding and ownership but also cultivates their sense of power and self-esteem” (362). The effective teacher will realize that by including students into the decision making process of their own classroom management, they are encouraging a more productive learning environment. ... ... middle of paper ... ...ively enthusiastic in a classroom is important to engage student motivation. This can be implemented by showing interest in the subject matter being discussed and the teacher’s enthusiasm should reflect onto the students’. Organization is important to be developed in the classroom so that the students may carry the organizational skills outside the classroom and through out the rest of their lives.
Being a reflective practitioner means that an educator must take time to think about their processes in the classroom and the outcome of their efforts and find ways to not only progress but to improve upon current their methods. This helps to improve the quality of education for all students and allows educators to develop into more effective educators. Self-reflection and sharing ideas and concepts with fellow educators make for a more well-rounded and effective teacher. I personally like to work with other educators sharing ideas and insights. I learn from others as well as share my ideas with my peers.
I would strictly emphasize that these rules, expectations, and consequences are to create a pleasing and productive learning environment. I would use logical consequences with those students who choose not to follow the rules and expectations, and encouragement and rewards with those students who demonstrate the appropriate behavior. The classroom is a place in which the teacher should take complete responsibility for guiding the students. As the teacher, I feel it is my responsibility to install moral values that will help my students become model citizens who are educated to compete in the world, but in order to do this I would have to set an example for my students. I would like for my instruction and curriculum to be flexible with the different learning styles of my students, so they are all comfortable with the instruction and curriculum.
“The link between past experiences, student interest, and present learning is that we draw upon previous experiences and memories as we learn” (Slavin, 2006). It is the teachers responsibility to consider the past experiences of the student as well as interests in order ot make a lesson more appealing, engaging and interesting. By knowing the students background a teacher can better motivate and engage the student in new information. The students past experiences can help when building new concepts on top of foundational concepts. Students will learn more efficiently and smoothly if they have concepts to build upon instead of introducing unsystematic bits of information that become hard to connect and up confusing the student.
Another factor I’m akin to about using Progressivism in the classroom is that it is experience-centered and deals with actual problems that students face in life. I agree with John Dewey’s belief that students learn more by doing because it has meaning. An additional belief that Dewey and myself consider vital is that students should learn how to apply previously learned information and skills to solve new issues. This teaches students’ critical thinking skills and problem solving methods. I also favor the Essentialist’s philosophy because it has a strong curriculum based around the traditional subjects of reading, math, and science.
Pragmatism allows the children to be more involved in the making of rules and events, but it allows the teacher to have control as well. I want to be eclectic and to be a well - rounded teacher, so idealism comes to mind as well. It encourages the student to be a truth seeker and allows the teacher to challenge the students in learning. John Dewey was a pragmatist and Plato was an idealist. My classroom will be very inviting and give off a sense of security.
For students, they will discover their learning style preferences. It will help them to control their learning process. If they learn with learning style preference and teacher’s teaching style matches their learning style, they will probably pay more attention to materials and lessons. Furthermore, if students’ learning styles match teacher's teaching styles, students will have the better academic achievement and have positive attitudes toward learning. For teachers, they will find general learning style of students in the class, so this can help them organize their teaching style to match student’s learning style.
“An essentialist philosophy of education puts the teacher front and center as an intellectual and moral role model. Direct instruction is encouraged, but other instructional methods are used if they prove effective. Students are expected to listen and learn as they follow the rules of a classroom” (Philosophical Foundations 276). I believe that the teacher should be the main facilitator in a classroom, but that students should have a say in the classroom. I think it is important that a teacher guides and directs a classroom so that everyone is on the same page, but also gives room for students to be creative and have a
A constructivist view to education assigns students as self-regulated learners who are encouraged to make sense of information for themselves through critical-thinking rather than rote repetition of the correct answer (Krause et al. 2010, pp. 212 - 213). Furthermore, a constructivist-educator is one who undertakes efforts to understand students ' already established conceptions, and tailors learning-activities to build upon or challenge these ideas. As a teacher in a classroom, I would do this by implementing active-learning strategies wherever possible, such as inquiry-based activities or real-world problem solving related to what the students know.