While the individual teaching styles of the team were very different, it became apparent that commonality existed in terms of supporting the growth of our students. After team collaboration, we adopted the following vision statement: “We will provide a classroom climate that fosters thoughtful and respectful consideration of alternative viewpoints and ideas, personal ownership of learning, and individual construction of personally meaningful knowledge.”
At first, she claims, she was only “a little mass of possibilities,” but her teacher brought light into her life (1). Her teacher, from the very beginning, was more than just an instructor. She was a positive influence and an inspiration. She taught Keller to communicate and understand the world around her, even though she could not see or hear it. She did not force Keller’s mind to learn; she simply guided it, nourishing it with knowledge at the right moments (7-8). In this way, her teacher made learning enjoyable for Keller by ensuring she did not think of it as an obligation, but as an experience. This goes along with Keller’s belief that a student “will not work joyously unless he feels that liberty is his” (16). A student who feels that she has the power to make her own decisions will enjoy her schooling more than one who feels as if the power is out of her hands. The relationship between Keller and her teacher had a profound impact on the way Keller learned and later lived her life. Even once her school days had passed, she still felt the effects of her teacher’s instruction every day. She even went so far as to say that she felt her teacher’s being was “inseparable” from her own (22). Keller’s unusually intimate connection with her teacher offered a unique perspective on the topic of teacher-student relationships.
In Education by Ralph Waldo Emerson, he discusses how the ideal form of learning should come from a classroom environment in which the child is enthusiastic to learn while also being challenged. Emerson believed that learning should begin at a young age, and that self education was the most proficient way to create academic success. Because he advocated for more independent learning, Emerson also supported smaller class sizes so education could become more personal. Although he felt structure was a necessary component to an ideal academic surrounding, schools should not be overly strict simply for the purpose of efficiency. Emerson’s idea of a personal, yet rigorous, learning environment should be implemented in our school district because it provides many benefits that our school does not currently offer due to its poor academic structure.
Teaching theories are as much part of the classroom as the student and the teacher. The effect individual theories have on an environment depends how they are incorporated within the classroom in addition to the influence they have had on the curriculum construction. This essay will briefly look at how motivation theory, cognitive and social cognitive theory along with constructivism have impacted on education and the classroom.
Individualism in today’s society is the “belief that each person is unique, special, and a ‘basic unit of nature’.” The individualism concept puts an
In the individualistic and collectivistic cultures there are continuums as well (Alshahrani, (2017; Yoo, 2014). Students from the individualistic culture expect to learn and express themselves. The student’s personal ideas are just as important as mastering the content. If a student is from a collectivistic culture, they do now come to engage in any intent way. These students come to class to hear the information and to leave with the instructor’s point of view and content. Students from this dimension and both cultures may not grow in a personal or social way.
“When groups are planned so that each member's strengths have authentic importance to the ultimate success of the group's activity, this creates a situation where individual learning styles, skills, and talents are valued, and students shine in their fortes and learn from each other in the areas where they are not as expert.”(Willis)
As a student, it is very important to know that individuals within the society embrace their differences for the sake of coexistence. Everyone is different, everyone is an individual, everyone has their own needs and wants and desires and ambitions. The society where an individual grow faces challenges day to day. Once we better understand ourselves we can learn from each other to create better opportunities for ourselves and
The first type of inconsistency or the internal inconsistency of the maxim relates to the fact that, as we noted earlier, maxims are principles of action in that they provide directives that we intend to realize; this intention is what we mean when we say that we have willed the maxim. The conceptual or internal contradiction, to which O’Neill refers, emerges when what we intend incorporates something that is not possible. For example, one cannot will success and stay detached from the world at the same time. However, one can consistently will success in public life and yet not interact with others in private life. O’Neill sees this kind of ‘schizophrenic’ willing as problematic, but tolerable within the bounds of the Kantian doctrine since such nuances
As we started class discussion, we spoke of individuality. In some people's reflections on their diaries for class discussion, there was too much of it in “The Brave New World”. Some said there was not enough. What is individuality? Individuality is a person beliefs or way of their life.
There are many theories that are relevant to classroom teaching today. Marsh (2008, p. 17) states that “each theory is nothing more than a set of reasonable suggestions”. A teacher should look at the information available to them and take what is necessary to achieve a positive learning environment in their classroom. This may mean taking a little part of one theory and combining in with another part of a different theory, there is no singular theory or theorist that encompasses everything that is required in a modern classroom. Some of the most important theories of learning are motivation, constructivism and behaviourism. Teachers choose their teaching style and strategy to complement their students, to arrive at their own personal
Like it or not, there has always been diversity among students in the classroom. It is the fact that each and every student is unique. From every circumstance, students bring a varying set of values, perspectives, and beliefs to the learning environment. Understanding the character of students is important in order to become a competent teacher. In fact, teachers should be aware and recognize students, as unique individuals, all acquire information differently than others. Some of these differences are due to developmental variations in cognitive, physical, intellectual, moral, emotional, and social changes caused by maturation and experience. And this reality of classroom conditions makes instruction much more challenging for teachers and
They way stories are told may morph, but never will storytelling cease. From their people skills to their memories, there is no argument that storytellers possess boundless talent and intelligence. They were the first educators. And now, storytelling is a large part of everyday life. The news in the morning, the gossip throughout the day, the casual response to the casual “What’s up?” – It’s all a form of storytelling. Our lives are steeped in it. In almost every conversation a story is told. At every turn a story is born. So we all are storytellers, and the world is our audience, just waiting to hear the gospel leave our
The current paper traces the course of Kerala economy from the early historic period till date. It points out the paradoxes of Kerala economy in the amidst of high development .The economy despite the high growth suffers from some major weaknesses. The paper argues that Kerala has sufficient potential for faster economic development and growth in the context of globalized world and knowledge society, provided there should be a change in the mindset of the people, government, political parties, civil society and the media.