Reflective Essay on a Good Teacher...

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Reflective Essay: A Good Teacher…
Standard 1: Development, learning, and motivation-
A teacher has his or her own style or way of motivating their students. Motivation plays an important part in a student’s success of learning and development. There are times when teachers spend more time with their students than most parents do, thus, a teacher is fundamental in shaping their students success. If parents or teachers are poor leaders our children are the ones who are at a disadvantage. When they shine as leaders our children blossom and the world is wide open to them. As a future teacher it is of utmost importance that I make sure to find the best style of teaching for the students I will be teaching in order for them to receive the
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The cooperative approach to learning is not intended to replace direct instruction from the teacher. It should be used to complement the direct instruction by giving the students the opportunity to respond to open-ended questions, role-play, and brainstorm. When several students tackle the same problem, they may use a variety of methods. Watching someone arrive at a solution in a different manner is beneficial as a learner. When students explain the process that they used to arrive at a solution, they not only teach the other members of the group, but they reinforce their own knowledge. For example, during my fieldwork the teacher and students were working on a dinosaur unit. On one occasion the teacher had her students work in small groups and come up with a poem about their chosen dinosaur. The students had to brainstorm and agree on five different body parts of their dinosaur (head), describe the body part (large), and create an action for it (attacking). The entire process took about a week because the groups first had to come up with a plan then a draft which had to be revised and lastly a final copy of the completed poem. This was all done while the teacher observed and guided the groups toward their ultimate goal; completing their assignment as a group. There are times when students often question the concept of being forced to work with others to achieve a goal that they feel

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