We need to observe the children in classrooms and carefully listen to their life experiences. By teaching the students to embrace all cultures and learn about them, it will create a unity in the classroom. Students then will feel safe and comfortable in the classroom (Gollnick & Chinn, 2012). It is no easy task to incorporate cultural knowledge throughout teaching. You must consciously think about multiculturalism as you interact with students and plan lessons and assignments (Gollnick & Chinn, 2012).
Using my post high school education, I plan to pursue a career in elementary education. As an elementary teacher, I hope to fill every day with joy and a love for learning, a love that I hope to pass onto my students. I will be creative, passionate, and learn as much from my students as they will from me. Learning is critical at all ages and I want my students to become lifelong learners. I also hope to teach my students moral values and encourage them to become informed, intelligent, and compassionate learners.
The application of Maslow 's hierarchy of needs theory can make a major impact on guidance counselling and teaching in schools. All students have basic needs that need to be met in order for learning to take place. It can then be said that the more needs achieved then the more the students will learn. This is particularly important to students of exceptional needs, as many times, these students’ needs are more difficult to be met Instead of summing up behaviour as a response to the environment the theory provides a holistic approach to education and learning. Maslow looks at the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual qualities of an individual as a whole and how they impact on learning.
I will teach to diverse cultures and communities to which my students belong. I will ensure that each student is included in my future classroom and is able to reach their fullest potential. I believe in learning who my students and individually setting higher standards for each will allow them to be successful in school and later in life. Knowing and understanding all of this will help me enable each learner to meet their higher individual standards. My artifact is a PowerPoint over Learning Diversity.
Above all, I want my students to feel empowered and important within the classroom, and I believe that social justice education and feminist pedagogy has the ability make positive change for students. In addition, I believe critical pedagogy naturally incorporates aspects such as empathy, empowerment, community, leadership, and representation into learning. Over the past year, in both the VIC151 and VIC150 courses, I have explored two branches of critical pedagogy – Social Justice Education and Feminist Pedagogy. I believe that these two education philosophies are both extremely interesting and extremely empowering. Social Justice
Teachers play a vital role in the society. Their impacts are felt by the lives of all children from different backgrounds, including those children with varying levels of understanding, abilities and those from families that exhibit wide range of cultural and linguistic diversity. Teachers are educators or instructors saddled with the responsibility of educating children by grooming and helping them to discover their talents (Rahman, Nabi, Akhter, Saeed & Ajmal, 2011). According to them, teachers have long-lasting impacts on the lives of students who live to enjoy the knowledge they avail to them. They have good classroom management skills, ensure good student behaviour, effective study and work habit (Tehseen, 2015).
Being an “instructional leader” encompasses the main aspects of what is expected as a teacher, such as creating lesson plans and check on a student’s progress, but the main goal is to do so with intention. This means while it might be easier to teach from a book and save time by using another teacher’s lesson plans, the educator puts more effort into creating a lesson plan tailored to the strengths of his or her students. This also takes the educator genuinely understanding and being “involved in each child’s learning process,” (pg. 26). If the educator can get involved like this, then he or she can become a more effective teacher by creating activities that the students can be more involved in based off of how they
There are various learning processes which a teacher can adopt and it solely depends on the children’s learning mode preferences present in the classroom. If the various learning activities are used whilst bearing in mind the children’s strengths and needs, each single child can reach his full potential and benefitting from each learning activity. Many theories struck me during the lectures amongst which Piaget’s and Vygostky’s theories. Mainly, they have struck me most because I can relate to them. The theories of Piaget’s Stages of Development and Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development are very relevant to my pedagogy and teaching strategies adopted in my Year 1 classroom.
Scaffolding, according to Abbott, who is the editor of The Glossary of Educational Reform, is a variety of techniques used to help a student or students to move on at the proper or excelled pace for stronger and deeper understanding and having greater independence of the learning process. In short scaffolding has been and continues to be a gigantic impact and wise move made in the school system and by teachers who truly care about their students go to infinity and beyond in their learning and education. Scaffolding is very closely related to Vygotsky’s ZPD which stands for Zone of Proximal Development Santrock (2011). The ZPD shows the range of ability, skills and other tasks that the child, children, or students can perform on their own without out an adult or a guide by the student’s side to help them Santrock (2011). In this case this is will be the classroom and the students and how well they can perform what is taught to them, if they can understand will little to no help and even tested what the classroom grades would look like.
The first steps of creating a healthy multicultural classroom stems from the teacher. The teacher plays a key role in the development of the children in the classroom. Having a good background knowledge on different cultures around the world is important for the teacher to understand more about their students. Being educated on a student’s beliefs, traditions, food, religion, and values, makes a significant difference. Learn the traditions of each child in the classroom.