Wow! This week’s zoom session was interesting to say the least! It was very insightful to learn about the many of the educational theories that have existed over time and how some of their beliefs have carried over into today’s educational world.
I definitely think my teaching philosophy and beliefs have shifted and changed over my five years of teaching experience. My first year of teaching my goal at the end of the day was just to have a plan for the following day. As well, to create the most engaging lessons I possible could with the materials and resources I had at that time. Over the years however, my philosophy has become much more clear as I now have a better sense of what I truly believe as a teacher. I have a few underlying beliefs that I can describe for you in a few points. These include:
- I believe that every child in the classroom should feel SAFE and welcomed.
- My three classroom beliefs are Respect Self, Respect Others, Respect community (the following is a picture of the beliefs posted in my classroom). I believe that it is my duty to model these important concepts in the classroom.
- I believe that every child should be set up for success regardless of what their challenges, strengths, and needs are.
- I strive to make sure every child should leave the classroom with a smile on their face everyday.
I think my beliefs continue to deepen as I continue my career as an educator. Are your beliefs somewhat similar or completely different than the ones I have outlined? Which ones do you agree with the most and which ones do you disagree with?
Switching gears here to Alec’s presentation on Presentation on educational theories of knowledge and learning. There was one particular theories in which I could comply with. The way Robert Gagne described how an instructional period should be set up made complete sense to me.
The process he describes is very similar to the way I set up and plan for any type of lesson in my classroom. I believe that providing learning guidance and feedback are two of the most important steps in this process. Ongoing informal assessment is key to the success of our students success in the classroom.
Lastly, the readings/ resource Alec has posted thus this far have been very insightful. Over the course of my masters classes, we have talked and learned about many educational philosophers. The resource Alec posted called A map of learning theories is an excellent resource! I find it presents the philosophers and their believes in an easy to read and straight to the point matter. As I read read through the map, I find myself saying things like……Oh! Right, we talked about Piaget in EC&I 804! Vigotsky believed in zone of proximal development ! Oh, right Dewey is all about experiential learning……..we learned about him last semester.
Which article stood out most to you?!