I believe that my classroom should be a place where students have the opportunity to receive an education that prepares them for life after high school. Not only will this education be useful after graduation, but it will also help them learn about themselves, as they grow and change in my class. While with me, I want my students to be part of a community that trusts and respoects each other, the teacher, and others that enter the classroom.
This philosophy means that in terms of classroom management, students will have a voice in deciding on behaviors in the classroom as they work together to develop a community with which they are satisfied. I believe that both the class and the teacher need to decide how the classroom will work, what consequences will be for certain actions, and how those consequences will be implemented. As the teacher, it is my job to enforce consequences fairly, clearly, and consistently.
I want my instructional techniques to vary tremendously. Students do not learn in the same ways, therefore I cannot use only one teaching style. There will be a large amount of group work and cooperative learning to help students learn how to work together and solve conflicts reasonably. There will be some direct instruction, concept attainment, and concept development to keep lessons interesting and varied. Students will have many opportunities to teach each other as they work on presentations alone and in groups.
Assessment of student work will also be done in an unconventional manner. I don't want students to only be concerned about grades and forget about learning. I would like to experiment with portfolios, contracts, conferences, self-evaluations and reflections, and peer evaluations to name a few. I believe that assessment of student progress should be done carefully and fairly.
Finally, I want my students to be able to take the lessons we learn in my business classes and apply it to today's society. I believe that it is important to analyze the culture that we live in through the past and the present. My classroom will prepare my students with the literacy that they need to survive in the world today. But my philosophy goes far beyond that. I also hope to teach students other skills that they will need in order to work with others and reflect on one's self.