I want to
highlight what I believe to be the factors that create a strong
foundation of an effective teacher.
The environment in the classroom
sets the stage for learning. I believe classroom management is the
single most important factor because it creates a positive learning
environment and provides the student with security and consistency.
Without classroom management, it is difficult, if not impossible, to
accomplish anything else. It is my desire to be proactive instead of
reactive, and by implementing procedures and routines, I am showing
students what is expected of them and giving them the opportunity
and plan to be successful. One of my goals is to create a climate
of acceptance. I want students to see mistakes and incorrect
answers as learning opportunities and not failures; therefore,
increasing their confidence to take risks and participate in
Not all children learn in the same
way; therefore, teachers must provide instruction that supports the
learning personalities of all students. Students should take a
learning styles inventory to find how they best learn, and these
results should be utilized by including students’ different learning
styles into the lessons. Pre-testing students is a tool for
differentiating instruction because the teacher can take these
results and create small groups based on individual needs.
Formative assessment in multiple formats can also be used to group
and re-group students; this grouping and re-grouping will ensure
continuous progress for all students. All students should feel
successful at their level of learning and show continuous growth;
therefore, instruction should be geared to provide these two
Teach them to
I see myself as a facilitator of learning and project this in my
teaching by teaching a variety of strategies, developing the
student’s ability to problem solve, and showing them how to gather
the information they need rather than simply giving the student the
answer. Higher order thinking is implemented by encouraging the
student to constantly ask why and how. I promote the students
ability to problem solve by asking “Good Questions” that are
open-ended and have more than one answer.
Learning should be full
of hands-on, mind-on activities that involve real world situations.
I strongly believe that students gain more from an experience if
they are active and not passive in the learning process. In order
for them to be active, teachers must provide the students with
opportunities to manipulate, create, and search. I strive to
provide my students with discovery formatted lessons, activities
that require them to be involved, classroom discussions,
think-pair-share, and cooperative learning groups.
Diagnostic and Reflective Teacher:
In order to provide the students with opportunities to make
continuous growth, assessment and the curriculum drives my
instruction. I use formative assessment to monitor students’
progress and instruction is based on the needs of the students. I
am constantly reflecting on how the instruction went and looking for
a way to do it better. Material can either be covered or it can be
taught. I have an intrinsic satisfaction from seeing my students
really grasp and understand the concepts being taught, and I know
that it is my responsibility to ensure that they are successful.
Reflection and self-evaluation is the key to making sure that I am
teaching and not just covering.
Practices: Teachers are
in a world of constant learning, but some choose to become stagnant
in their field and simply survive (taken from Harry Wong). I do not
want to just survive. I want to be a master teacher and impact
students’ lives (Harry Wong). I believe that professional
developments, workshops, professional journals, and professional
literature are the keys to staying current and successful in the