1.5 Kohn’s Student Directed Learning Theory Kohn’s student-directed learning theory is an approach to the classroom management which may be particularly effective in the modern classroom environment. Student-directed learning will keep students motivated and teaches them to cooperate with each other sharing responsibilities and functions within their community. Kohn believes that the ideal classroom emphasizes on curiosity and cooperation above all, and that the student’s curiosity should determine what is taught. "Skillful educators tap students ' natural curiosity and desire to become competent. In a learning environment, teachers want to help students engage with what they are doing to promote deeper understanding" (Kohn, 1997c).
Dr. Jones has developed methods of classroom management that are both powerful and affordable for all teachers. Classroom management expert Fred Jones identifies "three zones of proximity" and discusses how knowing what they are can help you "work the crowd" in your own classroom. Effective ways to encourage and teach appropriate student behaviors are highly valued by educators. Thus, the theorists of classroom management mentioned above continue to provide direction of contemporary
Creating an environment where holding a high academic standard of learning comes from incorporating techniques that benefit the classroom as a whole. Observing educators during instructional times ensues reflection on one’s own teaching. The various teaching approaches in Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion series include effective ways to engage learners, manage behavior, and set high academic standards. Techniques such as “Cold Call,” “Everybody Writes,” “Strong Voice,” and “100 Percent” all prove that using routines in the classroom the learning process. If utilized, these systems advance the effectiveness of learning, and manage behaviors in a professional setting.
The teachers and I will uphold the ideal of “cause beyond oneself” and work together with the school community to achieve success through thoughtful and purposeful practice. A supervisor that is a student and teacher at heart will create meaningful relationships with staff and community, show genuine concern for the teacher’s stage of development and professional growth, and be a continuous learner by example. Building relationships will create a strong platform for change. Supervision reminds me of teaching in in many ways. Educators create classrooms that become democratic communities by valuing thoughts and individual needs.
For students to be able to collaborate in the rulemaking process shows that their voices are not only heard but valued in your classroom, which provides them with an enriching environment. In regards to managing my classroom using rewards and punishments, I believe that they can be beneficial to an extent for students. The overuse of rewards or punishments conditions them rather than intrinsically motivates them. If students are always being punished, they are only behaving in fear of consequence. When punishments are used in moderation, students are able to comprehend the reasoning behind the repercussions of their actions, and will then be more inclined to behave based upon their full understanding rather than the superficial conditioning
Page 32 of our classroom management book states, “Our goal as teachers should be creating an environment where children want to be and learn” and I could not agree more. I want my classroom to be a place where students’ thoughts and ideas are valued and where all voices are heard, in one way or another. I find the emotional environment of a classroom to be extremely important, especially in younger grades, because it can assist students in creating a positive outlook on school, for that year and for years to
Kenneth Bruffee’s “The Art of Collaborative Learning: Making the Most of Knowledgeable Peers” discusses the importance of autonomous collaborative learning in classrooms, that is, when multiple individuals work together, and constructively criticize and exchange ideas in order to produce a fruitful product. With autonomy, the instructor fades into the background to allow the students to govern their learning, which circumvents the traditional view of the instructor’s authority in the classroom. Collaborative learning is being integrated into numerous fields of study, as teaching institutions are realizing that students learn best socially. A key idea discussed in the reading is that learning occurs when knowledge is passed between individuals, by which learning and acquisition of knowledge are both social processes. The author
Each part of the Conceptual Framework is essential and important to being an educator. Being a Reflective Practitioner means that the educator is prepared and knowledgeable in the content that is being taught. Some that is a Transformative Practitioner seeks to motivate students to learn and is creative with study materials. The Culturally Responsible Practitioner looks to all of the national, state, and local materials and standards to educate students. This individual provides order, commitment, and knowledge to students.
The qualities I believe are necessary to be an outstanding teacher are leadership, content knowledge, classroom management, and the most important passion. It is important that teachers understand the content knowledge that is being taught; so they can they relay the information to their students. Classroom management and leadership in my opinion go hand in hand. As a teacher it is important to be a leader in the classroom. Students go to their teachers for guidance and support, therefore it is imperative that teachers are good listeners and display their leadership skills.
Various teaching strategies such as cooperative learning, active learning, role play and games and pedagogic tools are being integrated in educational theories in meaningful and useful ways to encourage task or learning achievements. By adopting these several motivational strategies in the classroom will affect the enthusiasm of the students in a positive way, thus promoting and sustaining