I learn from others as well as share my ideas with my peers. This also provides me a way to reflect upon other educator's methods in order to develop my own methods of teaching and practices which improves upon my performance in the classroom. York-Barr et al., (2006) suggests that "Joining with another person in the process of reflection can result in greater insight about one's own practice especially when trust is high and the right combination of support and challenges is present." Ash and Clayton (2004) stated that reflection is "A continual interweaving of thinking and doing," and I could not agree more. It is very important as an educator to reflect both independently and with others in order to grow and develop as an educator.
An effective teacher must be knowledgeable and able to find and use resources in planning lessons to meet the curriculum. I have come to understand the importance of planning. My classroom should be student centered where different learning styles are addressed through different type methods and lessons. I will accommodate and adjust my instruction for the diversity I find in my students. I have to be flexible enough and honest with myself if something isn’t working.
As I reflect on what I have learned through the first half of the course, I am enlighten of the information that I have read as it influence me as a Therapist and an upcoming teacher. To learn about how to manage a classroom and recognize behaviors in a student to establish a successful classroom setting is always important to a teacher, but to actually read different strategies and discuss the information with other classmate to get a valid understanding in the information, improves my knowledge and capability to provide the information with both my clients and future classroom
“Every phase of instruction must be accompanied by a means of checking for understanding” (Fisher & Frey, 2008, p. 37). I have realized that assessing students’ understanding of the concept on which the lesson is based is a critical step in determining the flow of the lesson. A quick recap in the form of questions and answers works well for me to not only correct misconceptions but also improve learning as it helps the students connect the day’s lesson with previous learning. In my experience, all assessment may not count towards a grade but there should be feedback for learners as well as us facilitators to know where they stand with respect to achieving the lesson objectives. “Students achieve more when they have a clear picture of the expectations”
Therefore, as I continue to determine the implication of higher order questioning, I am enlisting my colleagues in the process. Moreover, students need to be active participants. By enlisting their ideas on questioning techniques, I hope to gain insight and further my instructional practices. ” Action research transformed my relationship with students because I could no longer conceive of researching without seeking their insights, reflections, and questions about teaching and learning” (Pine 2009, p 33). Action research is more than one teacher determining the effects of their teaching.
I know I could use some improvement, but being able to have my own personal learning theory has helped me out a lot. Because of my personal learning theory, I have gotten far with education. To be an effective teacher they have to consider different learning styles for their students. For teachers to do this, they first have to understand that each student has a different way in learning. Once the teacher can figure that out he or she will be more productive in the classroom and use a strategy that works well for all students.
Students should be challenged and I need to make sure that the content I am teaching is appropriate and relevant to real-world problems. My plans for my professional development are to learn and absorb as much knowledge and strategies that are available. I hope to use resources such as veteran and experienced teachers who have been in my shoes, and in them I can find support. It is crucial that I do all I can to enrich my student’s lives. I will make sure that I am current with all available training and theories for effective teaching I can
Furthermore, I continued to strengthen my own habits. Educating our students to intelligently question a situation and make informed decisions is an important part of properly participating in citizenship duties within their community. Humans are observers by nature. Modeling positive traits could influence positive behavior. I respect my colleagues and students.
The key words I hold on to in the definition are “to show or to tell” because this phrase guides my teaching philosophy. I also agree with the words of John Cotton Dana, “He who dares to teach must never cease to learn”, I consider teaching as a continuous, mutual and symbiotic learning process. Thus I strive to learn from the feedbacks I get while teaching. It is also important for an instructor to be willing to adopt new pedagogy when necessary, and also seek to improve his or her teaching methods. This learning and teaching process has greatly shaped and influenced my delivery methods and has vastly improved and strengthened my capabilities as an instructor.
I believe writing this paper has given me a better understanding of the type of students I want to teach. This paper will also be a very good resource for my teaching career, because I could use it as an artifact in my portfolio and it could fit under a number of standards. This information has really given me a good foundation of what shall be expected in my future education and career.