As a teaching assistant I have to ensure that the appropriate resources are available, also with working with SEN students as appropriate, I need to ensure that there is differential work available as all work set in lessons is usually to a generic standard. I would achieve this by prior discussion with the teacher that will be delivering the lesson. It is my job to know which students need supporting in different areas of the work, for example numeracy or literacy support. I can achieve this by using an in house computer system to research each individual student I would be working with. I would need to know if I will be working on a 1:1 basis or with a group so I can plan accordingly.
Teachers need direction in order to meet academic proficiencies and to keep student’s interest (Laureate Education, Inc., 2010). After exploring several learning theories and strategies, my own teaching practices are most often modeled by several strategies and learning theories. The Constructivism Theory resonates in some of the techniques I am using in the classroom. Reflecting on student activities and the design my lessons ; I find students are most often engaged in learning activities that are student driven and lead to students constructing their own conclusions. Student often work at stations and learn through team building and planned movement.
As educators all over the country we are faced with having to embrace and implement technology into our schools and for teachers their lessons. We have students who are very skilled with technology and in order to keep they engage and involved in the lessons we have to incorporate technology into our lessons and move away from the lecture style of teaching and create more interactive lessons that will keep students motivated in the classrooms. Special needs students require more funding and services to provide them with the tools and materials that they need to be successful in school. The special education has really changed over the years because we now have districts moving from the out of district placements and now have more of the special education students in inclusion classrooms and of course we still have the resource rooms and the self contained classrooms. Many districts because of costs are not seeking out of district placements but instead are creating programs within the various school districts that mirror the out of district programs.
Differentiation: When providing differentiation in the classroom the teachers provide instruction to meet or exceed each individual student. Differentiation does not mean you are watering down the content it means that you are providing instruction based on the different learning styles in your classroom. When implementing differentiation in the classroom it has to be organized and planned out if its not it will not be successful. Having this component assures that the teacher is organized and prepared for this unit.
It was worth every question and worksheet to where I am now. I have had a great year and was faced with many challenges but all in all I did a pretty good job and improved all my English skills hugely. I’ve always been a good reader through school but even my reading skills improved this year. We read a selection of great books that have helped me understand big concepts. I felt that Night by Elsie Wesile and Anthem by Alice Hoffman should be taught next year because they were the most interesting and had the most impact on me as the reader.
With a mentor you are only working with one person at a time. A mentor will help you with things that you may be struggling with your first year as a teacher. A mentor will give you advice and strategies to make classroom time easier to move through. Paraprofessional teachers also have jobs to do in induction and mentoring programs. Their job is to assist teachers and mentors in all that they need help with.
The implications of the findings were changing beliefs of the observation teacher as well as the demonstration teacher. At times, mentor teachers remain comfortable in the role of “this is how I 4 learned to teach and this is how teaching will always be at our school”. Teachers periodically rethink “outside of the box” and move away from the mindset of sharing the same old concepts to new teachers. (Boring!!!) Teaching and learning styles must change if education is to propel into the future with quality-educated teachers and students.
Mister Tarnish influenced me greatly. He was more than a teacher; he was a friend to everybody. He was able to cheer up a crowd in minutes. He taught in clever ways and made me feel successful and proud. His deep caring for his eighth graders was undeniable and evident.
The formulas the instructor gave and her mode of teaching were truly amazing. It was as refreshments that would help me towards my future career. Obviously, in English as a “Second Language” class, I helped students with reading, and they seemed to be happy and liked me for being one of their tutors. Truly, I enjoyed tutoring, and I will make sure I keep this new experience going, and wish other people to benefit immensely from me. I helped the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County mostly in their work.