My Philosophy in Teaching Literature
I believe all children can learn to read in a classroom that is integrated with differentiated instruction and has a safe and engaging learning environment which is rich with a variety of literature to light that spark in the children to want to learn. I will make an effort to get to know my children in order to be able to provide a classroom library with nonfiction books to inform the inquiring mind, picture books for the artistic mind, and fiction books to entertain. All books will be chosen based on their curiosity, interest, personal connection, and learning profile, in order to attract and enchant the young readers into going back to the book area again and again. I am looking forward to having a curriculum based on literature because I believe that promoting a love of literature in a classroom is the key to the development of language skills in students. Students able to communicate effectively, be it in reading, writing, or speaking, will also be successful in other subjects of which only mastery of the language will ensure the achievement of high goals. If there is no such curriculum in place, then I will enrich my classroom activities with literature that would be based on the six language arts, (reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and visually representing), to make the learning of concepts more significant. It will be my pleasure to show my students how literature can be inspiring and fun therefore instilling a lasting love of literature. Children need to be engaged in order to learn and see an example of how something works in order to understand. One of my favorite personal quotes is ‘actions speak louder than words’ (author unknown). What this quote means to me, as a teacher, is that instead of explaining orally on how fun literature can be, I need to demonstrate my enjoyment of literature in physical movements and actions. I have added a few effective, literature based, class activities to...
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