My Fundamental Beliefs About Teaching

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Vocational Training Development Institute

Diploma Programme in Education and Training

Psychology of Teaching and Learning

Question

You are a new teacher, and a parent of someone in your class wants to know your beliefs about teaching. What would you tell this person?

Module 1 Assignment

Lecturer: Ms. Mauva McCarthy

Name: Dwayne McIntosh-McKay

Course Code: Ed 504

Due Date: October 2, 2010

You are a new teacher, and a parent of someone in your class wants to know your beliefs about teaching. What would you tell this person?

Introduction
I believe that every student who enters my classroom can succeed. Teaching should be student centered and students should be accountable for their learning and behavior. In addition, students should take responsibility for their decisions and actions. As a teacher, I will help to facilitate my student’s pursuit for knowledge and help them acquire the communication skills, problem solving skills, and critical thinking skills which will enable them to be life-long learners. I also believe in my students. To help nurture a desire for learning in students, I feel that education should be relevant and interesting. I believe that every student has something to teach me. A teacher should be a mentor and a trusted adult with whom students feel safe to share both accomplishments and challenges. Each student should be allowed to learn in that manner. My students should experience learning that is fun, exciting and interactive. I believe a teacher should guild their students as they develop their character, values and thinking. 

My Beliefs about teaching.
I believe that as a teacher all students should know that, he/she is top priority. Each student is a unique and individual butterfly, which will evolve and develop in his or her own way.  Each student should be allowed to learn in that manner. My students should experience learning that is fun, exciting and interactive. Learning should be a hands’ on experience that the entire class can share, whether it be reading, math, science or social studies.

I am a role model for my students; thus, I should demonstrate respect, honesty, empathy, responsibility, promptness, and a desire for learning. To help nurture a desire for learning in students, I feel that education should be relevant and interesting. Education should incorporate the students’ parents and communities when possible. In addition, I believe that teachers should incorporate new findings and technological advancements. In order to keep materials relevant, it is important to stay up-to-date and use the most current and accurate information. This is especially important in science and technology classrooms because these two fields are advancing quickly.

I believe that every student who enters my classroom can succeed. As a teacher, it is my duty to help students reach their fullest potential and gain the knowledge and skills that they will require in their daily lives as a democratic citizen of our society. Teaching should be student centered and students should be accountable for their learning and behavior. In addition, students should take responsibility for their decisions and actions. As a teacher, I will help to facilitate my student’s pursuit for knowledge and help them acquire the communication skills, problem solving skills, and critical thinking skills which will enable them to be life-long learners. I believe students should learn to be independent, yet have the skills necessary to work constructively in a team.

I believe I am a good teacher. I believe that my teaching, if done passionately, wholeheartedly, and effectively, I can make a tremendous impact on my students. The impact would not just be restricted to the transfer of only knowledge and technology know-how. They have to include attitude towards learning, the quest for thoroughness, the passion for excellence and quality, integrity, and many other equally important...
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