Now that I have been in the education program for just about four full years and had some experience teaching, I can definitely see that my beliefs and ideas about education have changed. So I thought I would put together a list of I believe statements!
- When we sign our contract to become a teacher, it does not mean teaching to the middle ground. We need to teach to every student.
- We must challenge the norm when we teach – unpack and deconstruct those “sensitive” topics.
- Every student has the desire to learn. It may be really deep inside, but it is there. We need to find a way to inspire every child to access that potential.
- Find ways to bring different cultures into the classroom. Do this in a way that encourages learning about those cultures. The world is a diverse place; so why not the classroom?
- Assessment and evaluation should never be based on a product alone. We need to incorporate the process and progress sides of things as well – BUT don’t combine them to make one final grade for a subject! It is more informative this way.
- Students should know what is expected of them and while learning should be able to easily answer these questions during any lesson: “What are you expected to learn?” or/and “What are you going to be able to do at the end of the lesson?”
- Assessment/Evaluation should reflect the above statement. Make sure you are assessing only the outcome you identify during the lesson.
- Every student has a story. Find time to let them share their stories in a way that reflects learning. This builds those classroom relationships that we so often desire!
- Differentiation belongs in all grades, no matter who the learners are – BUT that does not mean making X number of versions of one lesson plan. Allow student choice.
- We MUST vary the classroom experiences that the students have. This means using different instructional methods, teaching styles, lesson formats. Be creative, this increases you chance at inspiring your students!
- Feedback is the important part – not the mark alone.
- It is how you use the technology that makes it effective, not the technology itself.
- We need to be silly. Make those students laugh at least once a day to strengthen those relationships.
- Students should see us for who we are. There is a difference between being professional and building a personal wall.
- Students need time to breath and refocus their thinking – brain breaks!
- We are allowed to make mistakes. After all, we do learn something from every mistake! – Professional Development 😉
- Teaching needs to have cross-curricular connections in it. Time is scarce as it is, so make more meaningful connections between subject areas to create more meaningful learning opportunities.
- Teaching may be your passion, but it is important to explore life beyond that. This lets you become a well rounded person so that you can be a well rounded teacher.