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When I think about classroom management there are a few things that come to mind. I think about how the classroom is physically set us, the expectations for the class in both behavior and effort levels, I also think about different ways to interact with students. However I have learned that there is so much more that is involved in actual classroom management.
When I am setting up my classroom I would like to see every student next to good academic and behavioral role models. Many students here in New Mexico are of Hispanic and Native American descent, and in these cultures teamwork and cooperation are greatly valued. It is because of this that I feel that seating students next positive peer role models would be beneficial in both behavior and academics. When I am planning the seating of students I also wish to look at gender and personalities; the arrangement based on these characteristics will change depending on grade level.
The next major part of classroom management for me, is to come into the beginning of the year with a plan and predetermined expectation. When I have a class of my own I wish to push my students to have continual growth. I plan to do this by not accepting unfinished work, or work that shows no sign of effort. I am an advocate of re-doing assignments that are not done correctly, or to the best of the student’s ability. By setting these expectations at the beginning of the year, as well as staying true to them and the consequences correlated to them, student work will be better and more meaningful. The plan that is set at the beginning of the year must also include behavior expectations. I do feel that students should be able to create their own set of rules for the classroom and the school year, but as a teacher I should be able to guide and shape what they create in order to have a safe and positive learning environment.
I believe that every child is a unique individual. Students require secure, caring, and stimulating environments in which they are encouraged to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites the sharing of all ideas. I believe there are three main elements necessary to establishing such an environment: (1) The teacher must acting as a guide and facilitator.
(2) The students' natural curiosity should direct learning.
(3) Teachers and students should work together to promoting respect.
When the teacher's role is to guide and facilitate they providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source for information. The students' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions my constructing their own meaning. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations. Providing students access to hands-on activities reinforces the lesson being studied and creates an opportunity for individual discovery, leading to higher levels of intrinsic motivation and eventually mastery.
Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment occurs through the open sharing of ideas and a mutual respect within classroom discipline. When the voice of each student is heard, and an environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves, students will create ownership. Class meetings are one way to encourage positive dialogue. I believe children have greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and know what is expected of them.
For myself, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes, as an educator, is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I also wish to bring hope to those who just need someone to reach out to them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited and motivated, about working with children. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and is sensitive to individual needs. I am such a person and will strive to be the best educator that I can be.
This lesson is designed for middle school Language Arts over multiple class periods.
This is a lesson from the week long overview that I wrote up in great detail dealing with manners and citizenship at the Kinder level.
This is a overview of a one week lesson for kindergarden social studies instruction.
This is the handout I created for a summer science program lesson.