What makes a teacher “effective”? (Word count 1210) An effective teacher realises that what they do matters to students, and that having “an appropriate mind frame combined with appropriate actions work together to achieve a positive learning effect” (Hattie, 2012). The impact of positive teaching embraces the importance of passion in a teacher. Zimmerman cites that “passionate teaching requires emotional engagement between teacher and student” ((2009). This makes the teaching more interesting to students and fosters deeper connections whereby the student may be inspired to find passion in their own lives (Zimmerman, 2009).
a. I believe, therefore I achieve and my students will too! b. I believe a teacher must be compassionate, sympathetic, empathetic, understanding, and flexible. c. I believe education/teaching can be a positive and fun experience. d. I believe teaching can change the lives of many individuals. e. I believe I will make a difference in the life of every child I teach.
Philosophy My philosophy on physical education is to educate my students in a way that makes them the most successful. I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure environment to help them grow emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. As a teacher, it is my goal to help my students meet their fullest potential by helping them discover their individual gifts and talents. I will focus on enhancing my students’ special gifts rather than their deficiencies. Positive attitudes are of high importance to me.
My Philosophy of Student Discipline My philosophy of student discipline begins with the ideology that students learn what they live. Through the introduction and continuous exposure to a positive school environment, students will develop the social, emotional, and physical skills needed to become promising contributors to society. Within these skills, the term respect resonates as an underlying aspect of a positive atmosphere. Respect is related to student discipline by integration in quantitative and qualitative manners. The following paragraphs will give insight into respect within both fashions and show how they are complementary.
To be effective, teachers must create positive environments, motivate students, develop well planned lessons, communicate effectively and regularly reflect upon themselves. An effective teacher creates a positive environment for students by creating strong student-teacher relationships enabling students to develop a strong sense of belonging and to feel secure within the class. Students who see their work displayed (McDevitt & Ormrod, 2001), know the class routine and have positive relationships with peers and their teachers will feel a sense of belonging (Goodenow; Osterman as cited in Krause, Bochner, Duchesne & McMaugh, 2010, p. 510). Effective teachers create positive relationships by spending the time to get to know individuals personally, learning the interests of the student and by being firm but fair, the latter is displayed by authoritative teachers (Whitton, Barker, Nosworthy, Sinclair & Nanlohy as cited in Hurst & Cooke, 2010, p. 235). Without a sense of security and a sense of belonging, students can develop anxiety, stress and begin to feel alienated (Campbell, 2010).
By doing this you are creating a good example for pupils who will therefore learn from you on how to communicate positively with others. When communicating successfully with parents and staff you are then more likely to work as a team to ensure that pupils will be able to gain maximum benefit from learning, which is the ultimate goal as a teaching assistant. 1.2) Explain the principles of relationship building with children, young people and adults. In order to build good relationships with others it is important to have a warm, friendly and caring attitude to others. Others need to feel relaxed and comfortable in your company and feel as if they can bring up any concerns they have.
Although it will be a big change for your child and yourself, it will give your child many benefits as well as your child adding a beneficial role in the class for other children and teachers. In my opinion as well as the opinion of many education experts such as Diane Lea Ryndak and her colleagues who wrote an article called, Defining School Inclusion for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities. “Inclusive classrooms are best for everyone, this type of atmosphere add to a schools culture, respect and belonging.”(Ryndak) I am a firm believer that inclusive education provides opportunities to learn about and accept individual differences, lessening the impact of harassment and bullying, while preparing our children for different accouters and all walks of life when they become productive citizens. You can find more about Ryndak and her colleague’s article at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/s15327035ex0802_2#.VDZHSRawR_J. You may ask yourself if it’s really important to add your son to an inclusive classroom setting, I can’t explain to you enough of how important this can be for him.
Good communication skills assist teachers to facilitate learning, cultivate good teacher-parent relationships and create a positive and productive learning environment. Effective teaching is based on a foundation of good communication skills which motivate and facilitate learning. The classroom is a place where the communications are constant, and they involve numerous people with varied experiences, learning styles and interests (Marsh, 2010, p. 182). Teachers must be proficient in adjusting communications to ensure each child is receiving and understanding the messages sent. Communications must be clear and precise, language must be age-appropriate, and instruction must be sequential and integrated, so that the student can construct meaning (Eggen & Kauchak, 2010, p. 243).
Teachers may find certain students who lean on them for support and come to them for advice or to share their good news. Positive adult contact is crucial to raising well-balanced children, and teachers are often given the charge of being surrogate parents for their students. Besides being a role model to their students, teachers must also educate them. I feel being the provider of information is the second most
By becoming a member of our Patrick Henry PTA you can become an important part of helping to ensure that these plans become a reality. The PTA works to enhance our student’s educational experience by sponsoring enrichment programs and social events, along with support for our classrooms through the purchase of select supplies and equipment, as well as providing an opportunity for parental/guardian involvement and enhanced communication between parents and school staff. Your participation is the key to our success. We invite you to get involved and be an important part of this educational experience. Studies have shown that parents who are active in their child’s education can improve schoolwork, test scores, and behavior.