As a child, when someone asked me what I was going to be when I grew up my answer was always a teacher. For as long as I can remember I wanted to teach. When I was around 7 or 8 years old I would make my grandmother math worksheets and she would pretend to be my student. I knew as I grew older that yes, my dream job as a kid was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I started looking into different fields of teaching. I was stuck between high school English or Anatomy/Biology. So I began my freshman year of college as a biology student and I did community service at a local daycare. One week working with the children and I knew then that I wanted to be an elementary teacher more than anything. To see the smiles on their faces …show more content…
When teaching my class, one of the techniques I will use which comes from Vygotsky is cooperative learning (Slavin, 2012). Cooperative learning will help me to teach in the children’s zone of proximal development. The zone of proximal development is the point where a child cannot yet accomplish a task alone, but with support from more competent peers or adults (Slavin, 2012). This is a very significant subject for me to accomplish in my classroom. I don’t want to teach a student information they already know, or subject matter that is too implausible. For me to stay in their ZPD is one task I will complete while …show more content…
Without classroom management the classroom has no guidelines. The students in the class have no idea what is right or wrong and this is a reason why classroom management is important. When my students enter my classroom on their first day the first thing we will talk about is my classroom rules. The rules will be short and simple and posted somewhere near the board so they can always refer back to them. Having rules will keep my classroom managed throughout the year. Additionally, I will also have a classroom management plan written up before the first day of school starts. In this management plan I will list ways I will prevent problems from happening in my classroom, for example, I plan to do a group activity daily, regulate learning activities, and provide a discipline plan. This will help to manage the class as a
In regard to classroom management, much of the research cites effective classroom management as the tool or the blueprint for an effective classroom. One article refers to classroom management as a master plan for success, creating “an air traffic control analogy” to explain the extent of the impact of classroom management on student and teacher success (Mundschenk, Miner, & Nastally 2011, p. 98). Classroom management is critical in the classroom because it provides the framework of the classroom and influences how things are run. In most cases, classroom management pertains to “setting limits”, help students “monitor their behavior and academic progress” through feedback, and establish “safety and transition routines”-- all helpful tools to help both teachers and students become successful in the clas...
Over time, there has been an expansion in our knowledge of the ways in which humans develop and learn. It is now known that babies are beginning to learn even before they are born. I often find myself wishing I had known these things when my children were developing. We all want our children to be the best that they can be; with some knowledge of how children learn and the sequential steps they must go through in many areas of development, we can provide many experiences at home to help them reach their potential. When educators discuss children 's development, they usually talk about physical, mental, social, and emotional development.
n the world of Vygotsky, a child was not a product of the environment, instead the child interacts with the environment by making choices, which moderates or influences the effect of the environment on the child. Lev Vygotsky stages of development were not defined by age or biology, the basis behind his theory was unerstanding social and cultural experiences of a child, and how they affect the the child's development. A philosophy of Vygotsky’s theory was the zone of proximal development (ZPD), this is the difference between what a child is able to solve on its own based on the stage of cognitive development, and what a child can learn with the help or experience of another person. Vygotsky believes the skill of knowledge comes from mastering new social situations where learning is shared with others. He also believed that experiences should be shared in social settings, and placed a large emphasis on the quality of group work within the cognitive development process. Within group work, children's language is encouraged to develop, through conversation, questioning and sharing cognitive content with their peers. Vygotsky believed that "social interaction enables the child to develop the intellectual skills needed for logical reasoning and thought." (Grossman, S. 2008) Through language and communication, children learn to evaluate the world and change their actions accordingly.
The period of childhood is the most significant in the establishment of human beings as mature, independent and socially active people. Thus, no wonder that children 's psychological development was thoroughly studied by such psychologists as Piaget, Freud, Vygotsky and many more. All of them have seen their own principles of development and pointed the key topics and elements that influenced the most. Why is it so important to explore the childhood development? Multiple researches and evidences show that the brain is especially sponge like during the first few years of growing up. This is the time, when kids
I have always wanted to be an elementary school teacher ever since I was young. My grandmother was a third grade teacher, and after every school year she would give me her old books that she no longer used. I was so excited when she gave them to me. As soon as she handed them to me I would make my younger brother play school with me. From the first day she gave me her old school books, there was no doubt in my mind that I would become a teacher of education.
I believe Classroom Management is the key component in any educational setting. I believe that if students are in a safe environment, then learning can take place. Having the right environment for all students to learn is my major goal of implementing good classroom management--without it the students would not be able to learn.
It was a difficult choice to make but I think I found the theorist I feel the most strongly aligned with. I considered Locke’s “Blank Slate Theory” because I have observed that what we teach children is often mimicked by them. I also agree with Piaget’s “Cognitive Development Theory” in the sense that children learn through play. I could even see myself agreeing with Rousseau’s “Nobel Savages Theory”. A child’s mind is pure and innocent; I too believe that it could be harmed by adult training. In the end I have to say it’s Vygotsky’s “Sociocultural Theory” is the one I feel most strongly aligned with. I agree with “The Zone of Proximal Development” as well as the scaffolding method. I will use the following paragraphs to explain my alignment
Unlike most people who have wanted to be teachers since they were young, that was not always the case for me. Growing up, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer seeing as to how I had an older sister that always had to be right. During my junior year of high school I took AP Psychology, loved it and decided that I would be a psychologist, until my guidance counselor told me that that was a bad idea during my senior meeting. After that meeting I decided to reconsider psychology and figure out what I should be when I was older, and that’s when it clicked. I have always loved working with kids, from my apprenticeship at a daycare, to cannon ball contests with the kids as a lifeguard, and even helping out with my old cheer team when I was in high school. Additionally, I was always good at math, thanks to my math teacher grandpa that would send me math problems to do for fun in elementary school. The summer going into my senior year of high
Classroom management is a key element to establish a successful learning environment in any classroom. An effective classroom management plan creates a positive learning environment. Classroom management is affected by the characteristics of the students and their behavior. Students’ behavior is influenced by their age, academic abilities, goals, interests, and home backgrounds (Evertson, Emmer, and Worsham, 2006). Teachers need a diverse array of classroom management skills to facilitate learning. A classroom with a proper management plan will spend less time in disciplining and more time in learning. Students in effectively managed classrooms know and follow clearly defined rules and routines. A classroom management plan should provide for several important factors that influence proper discipline in the classroom (Edwards, 2004).
“Classroom management deals with how things are done. Discipline deals with how people behave.” (Marshall, 2011) The most important thing about classroom management is control. A teacher must have control to be successful. When a teacher losses control, students become bored, disinterested, and restless, which often causes behavior problems. Avoid misbehavior by setting classroom rules early in the year. These guidelines allow students to know the expectations the teacher has for them and the consequences of not following the rules. Never continue instruction when rules are broken, this cause total loss of control, which leads to behavior problems.
Classroom management has the largest effect on student achievement, so students cannot learn in poorly managed classroom. Additionally, research has pointed out that the quality of teacher-student relationships is the main aspect of classroom management.(…2). Furthermore, when teachers set classroom management plan, the plan will give structure to everything from seating to lessons to grading to the relationship between students. Teachers should incorporate strategies for addressing student behavior into classroom
I believe Classroom Management is the main component in the educational setting. I believe if students are in a safe environment, then learning can take place. This doesn’t mean punishing behavior problems but rather a combination of setting the tone in a class, preventing behavior problems with interesting and engaging curriculums and effectively including all students in the classroom so that their needs are met. Having the right environment for all students to learn is my major goal of implementing good classroom management--without it the students would not be able to learn.
Throughout the history of early childhood education educators have used various theorists’ theories to develop children’s learning and development. One of the most significant theories is the socio-cultural theory by Vygotsky. His theory consists of how private speech is used by children and the importance of the zone of proximal development. Vygotsky’s theory is well used in the education environment today and educators use it to be able to provide activities that aren’t too difficult for the children to engage in. Therefore Vygotsky’s theory has enabled educators to have a better understanding of how children learn and develop.
Collaborative learning originated from the concept of learning of Lev Vygotsky called zone of proximal development. It states that there are task that learners can do without help and can do with the help of others. The zone of proximal development perceives what set of skills a learner must develop in the process of learning. In his definition of ZPD, Vygotsky stressed the importance of learning is through interacting and communicating with others rather than working independently. This model has made way for the ideas of group learning, one of which is collaborative learning. On the other hand, cooperative