I have read some of "The Everything New Teacher Book" and it has provoked some interesting thoughts. I have gathered that, in my future teaching career, I will find rewarding moments that will continue to motivate me throughout each year. I would like to create a list of possible movies that show this these types of rewarding moments. I feel that these movies serve as a reminder of how influential a teacher can be.
After reading "The First Days of School", I have gained a great deal of professional understandings that will help my future as a teacher. It provided me with knowledge of positive expectations, classroom management procedures, and how to grow professionally. I have taken wonderful notes that will guide my actions for the fall and my future actions as a professional. I also intend to take the tips provided, about becoming a life-long learner, seriously. I intend to research local conventions and seminars that will help broaden my knowledge about developing as an educator for the sake of my students. Before I start my first day of Student Teaching, I will be watching and reading materials that were suggested within this book. I will watch The Effective Teacher and I choose to CARE. I will listen to How You Can Be a Successful Teacher. I will read "The First Day of School" by Douglass Brooks, "What Helps Students Learn" by Margaret Wang, and "Milking the Grade" by Thomas Guskey. (All suggested from page 302 in "The First Days of School.") I hope that this wealth of information will be very useful for creating an awesome learning environment! I look forward to learning about new things and hopefully finding other educators who would like to share their thoughts on these materials!
~This book was WONDERFUL!! If you have not read it, I seriously suggest you do in the near future!~
Today, I searched for advice about how to become an effective teacher and ran across an article that covered Harry K. Wong's The First Days of School. I have heard about him before and I vaguely remember watching a lecture he gave covering this topic but I've forgot how important the information really was. I was so intrigued by the main points covered in THIS article that I went to my University and checked out his book. While I was there, I also checked out The Everything New Teacher Book. I hope that by reading these I will find great tips for student teaching in the fall and be able to use them in my future teaching career. I think these books will really help you out if you are planning to student teach in the near future as well! Please find them and have a look at them! :)
I have been looking at various blogs for posts about student teaching. I have not found very many tips for student teachers but I have found a blog that gives tips for first year/new teachers. The blog is called Sparkles, Smiles, and Student Teaching. I reviewed all of the links and they are just Amazing! Click on the links for the topics and explore all of the wonderful blog posts they are connected to! You will find some great advice and information for student teaching in the fall. Happy blog-hopping!
I have not made any recent posts because I am currently working on gathering materials for my LiveBinder. (See top bar for link.) When it is finished, it will have lists of helpful websites that connect to the third, fourth, and fifth grade Georgia standards. Have a look at the sites and resources on my LiveBinder if you are having trouble creating lesson plans or finding videos on a certain topic! Hope it helps you!
Basic Guidance: tips from Audrey Flynn
1. Get on child's eye level.
2. Get eye contact.
3. Position yourself close to the child.
4. Position yourself to see the whole classroom.
5. Use a voice appropriate to the situation. (most often, a soft, quiet voice)
6. Avoid the words "OK?" and "Hear?"
7. Set reasonable rules/limits.
8. Use non-verbal techniques.
9. Involve the children in rule making.
10. Intervene when appropriate.
11. Use classroom arrangement for management.
12. Avoid arguments with children.
13. Friendly humor reduces anxiety and aggression.
14. Reinforce, reward appropriate behavior.
15. Be cautious with the words good and bad.
16. Only use "we" when appropriate behavior.
17. Have basic daily routines.
18. Separate school behavior from home/street behavior.
19. Use positive, rather than negative words.
20. Inform the children when the activity time is almost up or the activity has changed.
21. Use punitive management techniques to reprimand students.
22. Use the child's name often.
This is a list of intentions I have created from researching the best tips for an effective student teaching experience.
~Know the school discipline policy and the school emergency policy.
~Learn student names as quickly as possible. (Try to play name games.)
~Offer lesson suggestions to the Collaborating Teacher (CT).
~Offer to help decorate the room as often as possible. (Use creative bulletin board ideas.)
~Value constructive criticism.
~Ask lots of questions. (My leaning will depend a lot on conversations and reflections with the CT.)
~Walk around the room during observations to work with students on assignments and class problems. (This will allow me to feel more comfortable when I begin to teach.)
~Arrive early, be professional, be prepared, be respectful, and be a leader.
~Attend every meeting. (Required or not! It will provide great experience.)
~Ask to volunteer for a school club/activity or after school program.
~Offer to grade papers and organize morning work.
~Ask to try and join in on any lessons before the real teaching experience begins.
~Ask students how they think lessons went.
~Set a weekly meeting with my CT to discuss questions/concerns and lessons.
~Incorporate as many learning centers and group activities as possible,
~Meet with CT a few weeks before field experience begins.
~Look at the school website and familiarize myself with who the principal is, the mission statement, and testing scores.
~Prepare a bio of myself to give to my CT on our first meeting. (Include my contact information, my supervisor's contact information, my educational background, hobbies, what I expect out of this experience, and my personal philosophy of education.)
~Get a journal and leave it in the school lounge with a note asking other teachers to share their favorite teaching tips.
~Create a resource binder with tabs where I can begin organizing
tips, websites, shared worksheets, and procedural information.
~Call assigned school in August and ask if I can visit the school before the first day. (Try to visit when the CT is there.)
Go through some instructional magazines: Classmate, Mailbox and
If any of the readers have more tips for my student teaching experience please comment below!
~The following is a personal narrative to describe the important beliefs that I hold about education thus far in my career.~
Throughout my field experiences and
educational courses, I have developed several important beliefs about
education.In education I value;
incorporating family and community involvement, continuous assessment, health
promotion, a focus on multiple intelligences, collaboration with colleagues,
and social justice in the classroom in order to foster personal achievement and
growth within the student.One
important belief I hold is that cooperative learning is the best way for
students to work together and maximize learning. Small group interactions will
promote each other’s success and create positive relationships between all
students.I also believe in a
humanistic approach because it instills self-motivation.When a child is inwardly driven, they
gain a sense of reward from their achievement, thus developing positive
belief I hold is a constructivist approach to learning because it is very
positive for a learning environment.This approach inspires learners to build new ideas upon their existing
knowledge, beliefs, and skills.I
intend to achieve this by using the five E’s approach: Engage, Explore,
Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.Students
should reflect on their past before engaging with a new activity.Students should be able to explore with
hands on activities and be provided an opportunity to explain their
then be allowed to practice and improve their new skills.Overall, my beliefs will create a fun,
safe, student centered, flexible, open-minded enriching learning environment
where every student is able to succeed.I look forward to the opportunity I have been given to further develop
my skills and beliefs with my Student Teaching experience.
Teachers are respectful,
hard working, and dedicated individuals who dedicate their lives to motivating
a student to reach their full learning potential. Teachers must be on time, prepared, open-minded,
approachable, and personable. They
must have these skills in order to communicate with their students, parents of
their students, and other colleagues.
These professionals should listen to suggestions from said individuals
in order to create a classroom that is connected and involved with their
surroundings. Teaching means being
able to embody these aspects and using them to create a positive learing
environment. Each teacher has
their own philosophy of teaching that reminds them of what their goals are for
teaching in the classroom.
My philosophy of teaching
science to elementary students is centered around student inquiry. I will teach science in a way that
provokes students thought processes and encourages them to ask questions on
their own. This way, students will
be learning about things they are interested in and will retain the information
they encounter. Learning can be
defined as the act of exploring, gaining knowledge of, remembering, and
understanding intellectual materials that have been introduced or found. As a teacher, it is my responsibility
to create an environment where children can develop learning without
restrictions. I will foster
personal achievement, knowledge, understanding, and growth through
encouragement and hands on engagements.
It is also my responsibility to set a positive example for students to
follow. I will be a role model for
my students and I know my actions/attitude will impact them. I will be very cautious in the
classroom because young minds are very impressionable. This means, I will need to control my
emotions and negative feelings in order to create an environment where my
students will not be effected negatively as well. I will keep a positive environment so students will also
keep a positive attitude and outlook for school that day. My actions will help me to be a better
facilitator of learning for the students as well because my mind will be
focused on the students and daily material being covered.
In order to be an educated professional, I will need to attend various
workshops and continuing education classes. The material that is taught in schools changes every year
and new ways to approach student learning are also developed. To teach science in the classroom, I
must attend workshops and seminars because science is an ever changing field. It changes because of developmental
breakthroughs in research and
technology. I grew up with the understanding that Pluto was a planet, but since
the definition of planet has changed, so too has this information. This example is just one of the many
reasons why it is imperative to continuously educate yourself for the benefit
of your students. Another
beneficial technique I will use is to
keep an on-going reflection of my teaching practices. I will need to know what lessons or
labs worked or didn’t work with my students so that I can change them and make
them better the next time I teach a similar lesson.
awareness of my students culture will also play a part in what lessons may or
may not work. I will be working
with a multicultural classroom and one of the greatest challenges will be to
recognize appropriate instruction and discipline that are congruent with each
child’s community norms. I will
also need to recognize the importance of student perception. As of now, I use implied directives to
address students but in the future I would like to use more explicit
directives. I will find a balance
between the two styles; this way students will not see me as a weak teacher and
will respect and follow the rules I
set in my classroom. In
comparision, I must also respect my student’s, their culture, and understand
their cultural use of language.
Students should not be disciplined right away just because I may not
agree with something they do.
I must learn to
access the situation, see how it may or may not be culturally accepted by their
community, and discipline accordingly.
I intend to be critically reflective and conscoius of my social
interactions with students in order to create a socially just classroom
environment. Principles and elements that align with my ideals can be found in
the Model Standards for
Beginning Teacher Licensing, Assessment, and Development: A Resource for State
publication lists six social justice related principles that I whole-heartedly
2. Principle 3:
Appreciates and values diversity, shows respect.
3. Principle 4:
Values the development of critical thinking.
4. Principle 5:
Understands how participation supports commitment, committed to the expression and
use of democratic values in the classroom.
5. Principle 6:
Values the many ways in which people seek to communicate, recognizes the
power of language, appreciates the cultural dimension of communication.
6. Principle 9:
Values critical thinking, reflection, and professional practice, committed to
These six principles are what I am
going to base my personal, professional self upon and will serve as the core
values for the way I teach in my classroom.
As a science teacher, I intend to create as many hands on activities as
possible. I believe that science
is a subject best learnt through self observation and exploration. Every lesson should be inquiry based
(trusts all students to learn and every student is involved) and
child-centered. This will allow
for students to become scientifically literate and make sound societal
decisions. To me, science is the
exploration of the universe in order to gain knowledge about life. I will take
every opportunity of leaning to educate the students about all aspects of life. I may be able to provide them with the knowledge they seek
but they will not truly understand their scientific questions until they
explore for themselves. They must
be willing to make predictions, ask questions, and articulate their
best way for students to achieve this is by promoting inquiry in the classroom
through the use of the Five E model.
Students will begin by Engaging; having a classroom discussion or small
fun activity to get them interested in the lesson. Then, students will Explore with hands on lab activities and
experiences. Next, they will
Explain the knowledge they gained from the lesson. The teacher will Elaborate on the main topic once again by
showing a video/PowerPoint or doing another small activity with the class. Finally, the students will be Evaluated
through various forms of assessment in order to see if they understand the
knowledge they gained from the lesson.
For students to clearly understand
material, they must be taught in a variety of ways.
Many children are
tactile learners and prefer to complete hands on activities for their
lessons. These students retain
information better when they are able to explore the topic by touching and
feeling it. Students who learn in
the manner will excel at lab activities and science projects. Some students are visual learners who
like to read, complete visual charts, or watch videos. When students are able to see what they
are learning, they are able to decipher the information and remember it in ways
that is best for them. Visual
learners will excel at creating graphic organizers and models that depict
scientific processes and cycles.
Other students are
auditory learners and enjoy listening to lectures, videos, and tape
recordings. These students process
information best when they can hear it, think about it, and process it all in
their mind. Auditory students will
succeed when a presentation is being made or their book is being read aloud. E-learning is also a way to not only
intergrate technology but to accommodate different learning styles. This style would incorporate technology
such as email, websites, PowerPoint, blogs, microscopes, and videos. Students may prefer to have activities
that involve all of these ways of learning in order to understand the topics
they are dealing with. The best
classroom learning environment will include activities that will accommodate
every students learning style.
I will create a
learning environment that focuses on each students individual needs. I will need to be flexible and have an
understanding of my students needs in order to construct activities they will
be successful with. This success
should not be determined through a formal assessment, such as a test, because
some students simply memorize and do not actually learn the material. I believe in informal assessments, such
as checklists or conversations with students to truly find out what the student
has taken away from the lesson. I
will still follow the Georgia Performance Standards for Science and align my instructional
plan with that, but they will serve merely as a guideline for assessing my
student’s performance and determining all areas of needed improvement. This
guideline will serve also as an assessment for myself to see if I was truly
able to foster learning in the student or not.
As a future
educator, I believe schooling can be defined as an environment where children
develop knowledge, friendships, and a sense of self.Schools should foster personal achievement and growth.It is a place where professionals have
chosen to dedicate their lives to teach students the educational necessities to
succeed in life.Schools are in
place so there is an educational consistency for our society.In the majority of society’s eyes,
schools are meant to provide students with the basic understandings for
science, math, social studies, language arts, art, music, and drama.Yet, people do not realize, they also
provide a flourishing environment where students learn how to appropriately
interact with others, broaden their perspectives, and learn of the cultural
norms of their society.
Collaboration will allow for effective
communication with colleagues, students, and parents.The things I value in a professional colleague or critical
friend are things that I expect from myself as well.I feel that colleagues should be respectful, hard working,
and dedicated. They should be on time, prepared, and come to class with the
motivation to do whatever it takes to reach their full learning potential.They must be flexible, open-minded,
approachable, and personable. Professionals (my classmates) should listen to
suggestions from parents, students, and colleagues in order be connected and
involved with their surroundings.
colleagues must be willing to work together to create lessons and plans that
will cater to all different types of students.They must be willing to share/listen to ideas, research new
ideas, and attend workshops in order to broaden their own understanding of
teaching for the betterment of their future students and their own personal
self.If a colleague expects to
better themselves, they must understand there is always room for improvement
and information is constantly changing.Modifying their personal self, ideas, knowledge, and understandings
based upon information that has been newly discovered will have a big impact on
the way they will either succeed or fail at working collaboratively.These are the attributes I expect to
see from my professional colleagues that will directly affect collaboration and
student learning in a positive manner.
When I first entered the
teaching program, one of my dreams was to teach acceptance and tolerance to
children.I aspired to create an
environment where students feel okay to be themselves and are free from
judgement.I also wanted to teach
understanding and kindness to students.I believed that every child needs to learn that everyone is different
and gain an understanding of this.I also aspired to teach students how to be respectful to one another by
treating each other fairly. I aspired to make learning fun and to incorporate
as many art and hands on activities as possible.I dreamed of being one of those teachers that their students
remember forever because of the positive impact that is made on them.