Obviously this is all a work in progress, I am constantly growing and changing as an educator. As a second year Ed. student, I do not have any lesson plans created but I do have a Pinterest board full of potential ideas 🙂
I believe that every child has the right to inclusive, discrimination free, quality education. Every child is worth teaching and is full of potential. Children need guidance and the proper care to help them reach their full potential and goals. When a student knows that their teacher cares for them, I believe the student will become more responsive and receptive to what they are being taught. I believe each student needs to know that they are cared for and loved by their teacher. I believe that incorporating technology in the classroom will be positive exposure to the students and will help with their development and understanding of technology in the future.
Bucket filler activity: over a month or so, have students write encouraging things to classmates and at the end have students open their notes and read them
Bell work: each morning I would like to write a question or statement on the board for the students to respond to in their journals. These questions would be thought provoking questions to help develop their critical thinking skills
Emphasize the idea that we are all friends in the classroom and focus on respecting our friends
Call backs and shakers to get student’s attention and to quiet the class down
Encourage students to do their best work with positive reinforcement
Emphasize that mistakes are OK to make because it shows that a student is trying. “it is ok to now know; it is NOT ok to not try”
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll learn.” –Benjamin Franklin
I really like what this quote is saying. The ultimate goal of a classroom is to have your students learning, and to enjoy it. When a teacher is at the front of the class, lecturing to their students, the students are likely not listening or understanding what is being said. This is even more relevant with the younger ages. Students need to be engaged and involved in the learning process. As I reflect on my education experience, the things that stand out to me are the times when I was able to get involved with an activity or project and try something for myself. I can barely recall the things that my teachers taught me just by speaking, if there was no opportunity to take learning into my own hands. By involving students, we are encouraging them to take learning into their own hands and to take initiative in the classroom. This communicates that the student is important, and as educators, we value their leaning.
“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” –Jim Henson
As a child, I was rarely impressed by how much one of my teachers knew. Their knowledge was never something that created a lasting impression on me. I do remember things that they taught me but depending on their approach, it either stuck or did not stick. I do distinctly remember what my teachers did to show that they cared for me. I learnt a lot more about who a teacher was by the way they treated their students than through what they taught me. I had a couple teachers in elementary school who wrote each student a letter at the end of the year, to say how proud they were and to encourage us for the year ahead. In high school, my math teacher always put a greater emphasis on who we were becoming as people, and told us that our grades did not define us. My math teacher spent many math lessons giving us life lessons instead. He truly cared about the young adults we would become. These life lessons were far more impactful than any math lesson. I will always remember him as a caring teacher who wanted more from us than just math assignments. I want to become a teacher like that. I want my students to remember me for the things I did for them. I want my students to remember me as a teacher who was caring, loving, a good listener, someone who gave good advice, someone to trust and an educator. Ultimately, I want my students to remember that they are loved.