Notes On Motivation And Management

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Lindsay Walter Kimberly Lott TEAL 6100: Motivation and Management in Inclusive Settings 25 June 2015 Introduction/Philosophy My philosophy of education is couched in my experience in an elementary school classroom. I believe that a teacher’s job is to teach students not only what to learn, but how to continue to learn and survive in today’s ever-changing global community. To achieve this, it is a teacher’s primary responsibility to create a motivational, comfortable, stimulating environment that recognizes and supports different learning styles. Instruction, and thus learning, should be differentiated, collaborative, varied, constructivist, and extend beyond the immediate problems, text, and issues at hand. The classroom is a dynamic place where multiple modalities should be included in all learning activities to accommodate for different learning styles. Students should be able to work collaboratively and independently. As a result of effective modeling and teaching, students should know what their best work looks like, and be motivated to achieve that. Teachers should employ scaffolding to support students to help close the Zone of Proximal Development to bring them from point A to point B and eventually build their skill set and confidence enough to remove that scaffolding so that students can continue to progress on their own. Education should challenge students to further justify and apply their learning by finding points of interest that engage them so they continue to

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