Within my teaching I develop my own scheme of work from the curriculum devised on my subjects through Edexcel the examining body. Throughout my scheme of work I promote equality, diversity and inclusion all of which have an impact on me and my learners. This ensures that my scheme of work and subsequently my lesson plans will create a safe and effective learning environment. As a new teacher I need to reflect on all my planning post-delivery so I am able to develop my weaknesses and strengthen my teaching.
Many of the theories and principles I have studied on this course are used in my teaching and are reflected upon to ensure that my learners are able to learn new skills, apply new experiences and embed their new taught skills.
I think that my main approach to teaching is mainly cognitive and humanistic and I utilise the principles of many of the well-known theorists. I am familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, as cited in Curzon (2004), pp 114, from my previous career in commercial business and can transfer some of my skills into my teaching role. Ensuring that the learning environment is safe and comfortable is of paramount importance to my learners and their effectiveness. Their ‘needs’ are identified and met, I ensure that the room is a safe environment, warm and comfortable and a place where they are able to express themselves freely. After time my students feel they belong to the class which can influence their desire to learn. I consider my learners’ individual needs and build a rapport with them to create the most effective learning environment possible hopefully enabling them to increase their self-esteem and reach self-actualisation.
Within my functional English classes I often allow students to reflect on their own work and give themselves a mark. I then issue a perfect model piece answering the task at hand. Students can then reflect on their own