Storytelling helps student engagement, creates new ways of communicating, helps students look at ideas in a different way, and changes their attitudes toward others. Storytelling allows for an appreciation of culture as students learn and understand other cultures in the classroom. This teaching strategy has proven to be a successful culturally relevant teaching practice. Teachers need professional training and support to effectively implement culturally relevant teaching.
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.
Values are extremely important in understanding and defining particular cultures. Values determine many other aspects of a culture, including norms, beliefs, and behaviors. Due to societal pluralism and subcultures, the values of each person within a particular culture may vary slightly, but it remains true that each dominant culture has its own unique set of core values. The diverse cultures of the world as we know them could not exist without their distinctive values.
In today’s classroom it is inevitable that many types of diversity will be present and I believe it is the teacher’s innate responsibility to recognize and support it. Diversity comes in many forms including learning styles and abilities, race, religion and sexual orientation. Any diversity encountered in the classroom should be embraced as a chance to grow and learn for the teacher, the student who is deemed as ‘different’ and the total student body. This personal philosophy has developed within me as a result of my own experiences in a diverse public school system as a student. I intend to both support my diverse classrooms and to help other educators and students to promote, incorporate and develop diversity in their own classrooms.
It is important that teachers ensure that the work of each member of the group is significant to the success of the task. Individual accountability refers to the need for each member of the team to receive feedback on his or her own efforts contribute to the achievement of the goal. Cooperative learning permits that students interact in ways that they can enhance and deepen their learning. Students can reflect on the acquired knowledge by talking with and listening to their classmates. It also increases motivation for learning because it encourages responsibility, can improve cognitive and social skills, such as academic engagement, self-esteem, attitudes toward school, and strong kinship with peers.
Adaptations to the curriculum will reinforce student learning by creating a positive and engaging experience for students in the classroom. Culturally relevant instructional practices, such as differentiated instruction and storytelling, will help foster culturally diverse students learning by creating a higher level of engagement and a better connection to their culture. Professional training and support will provide all teachers with the knowledge and encouragement that they need to develop culturally relevant pedagogy. Family and community interactions will provide teachers with support to create classrooms conducive to learning. Research proves that if culturally relevant pedagogy is implemented, it will benefit the changing student demographics both academically and
I am becoming an educator because I feel that I can positively influence the lives of others. I am confident in my ability to interact with others as I look forward to improving students’ lives through education. I feel that in order for students to prosper they must be comfortable with their learning environment. I plan to have an well-organized classroom with various bulletin boards highlighting current chapters of study, as well as announcements and assignments. I also believe that you must keep students both interested and involved to achieve successful learning.
I think in a teacher, that’s a great aspect of having because it makes students feel more comfortable and keeps students more engaged in class with activities and lessons. My educational philosophy contains many things: of course, to get an education, to be active in learning, get feedback on students, steady learning environment, and a student-teacher emotional connection. I would really like my students to be engaged because it shows me if they 're learning. Somehow I would like to get feedback from my students because I would be able to understand where they are at with the learning process. Moreover, I would love that student-teacher emotional connection because I want to be able to relate somehow to my students or just even understand what they been thru in their lives.
In my classroom I would allow students to develop their own set of classroom rules and consequences with my guidance. This allows the students to define the meaning of respect and how it applies to our classroom and provides a judicious approach to discipline. Learning to respect one another develops a mutual trust among the classroom community. Learning respect also occurs through an open sharing of ideas. Students become members of the classroom community by using discussion strategies and positive support of others ideas.
Teaching is a lifelong learning process. It involves the learning of new strategies, philosophies, and methods. I can learn from colleagues, parents, classes, and from the students themselves. I want my students to take responsibility for their learning. I want to give them the tools to help become successful in their life.