I believe children have a natural curiosity to learn. Parents are the child’s first teachers therefore they are responsible for shaping the child’s belief system. The schools come in with their own set of pre-determined values. Though pre-determined, these …show more content…
Regard the teacher desk as forbidden when students are in the room; instead, use a rolling chair or stool and move from table to table or desk to desk.
The classroom space is not the educator’s sole responsible. It should be a collaborative effort between the educator and the students. Giving the students an opportunity to help create their own learning space also provides them a sense of responsibility to take care of it.
How time is used in a classroom is of outmost importance for everyone involved. “Engaged time or time on task is the number of minutes that is spent in actually learning” (Slavin, 2012). Time lost in the classroom is a resource that an educator would never get back. Slavin (2012), suggests some ways to use instructional time wisely:
Preventing late starts and early finishes is one way to prevent time lost. A crisp, on-time start to a lesson is important for setting a purposive tone to instructions. Also, avoid finishing early by planning more instruction than you think you’ll need.
Preventing interruptions is another way to prevent time lost. Keeping in mind that anything that could be postpose doing until after a lesson should be postponed.
Maintaining a rapid pace of instruction. A rapid pace also contributes to students’ interest and time on …show more content…
Educators should take into account whether the environment is conducive or not to learning. Meaningful learning starts with well-written instructional objectives that are done before the school year even begins and are revised according to the needs of each student in the classroom (Van Brummelen, 2009). As educators we must generate enthusiasm in what we teach and keep the students’ interest throughout the lesson, collaborate with the students as we design our classroom space, and discipline appropriately without malice or judgment. To be quite frank, I am still developing my philosophy of education. I have not narrowed down my “why” and have focused so much on my “how” that I struggle on what direction to choose. Part of me believe that the behaviorist approaches in education is what we need to reach the most students. For a behaviorist, “efficiency, economy, precision, and objectivity are central value consideration in education” (Knight, 2006). It would be hard to argue that such approaches would not yield results. However, there is also the principles of essentialism that “school’s first task is to teach basic knowledge, champions hard work and discipline, and the teacher’s role is that of an authority figure” (Knight, 2006), such principles seems to coincide with my beliefs as well. As I grow and develop to the educator that I would like to be I will keep in mind, Proverbs 3:5