Classroom Management And Philosophy Statement: We Make Happy Choices

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As I have come to learn more about classroom management, learning styles, and the importance of treating students as individuals, I want to incorporate these principles in my future classroom. Because I feel that each child is a thinking person, I want to help them to think through their actions before actually acting. In order to do this, I will address actions in terms of happy or sad choices. Our class motto will be, "We make happy choices." This notion of placing the students ' feelings in the forefront of classroom management hearkens to principles of constructivism introduced by Vygotsky. I would like my classroom rules and consequences to be chosen by the students, with our motto in the forefront of their minds. I want my students to understand that consequences can be good, as well as bad. This teaching happens as they question their motives and how they will feel after making a choice. The question I will have them ask themselves before acting is, "Will this make me happy or sad?" I also want my classroom to be a place where learning is child centered and social. In order to do so, I want to utilize as many authentic assessments as possible, because I feel that this will help my students retain the information they learn. I would like to play more of a facilitator role and discussion …show more content…
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