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Philosophy of Education I want my classroom to be a comfortable environment, where my students can discuss ideas to gain knowledge and have

that knowledge pertain to their own lives. I hope my classroom will feel like a second home for my students, a place where they feel respect, freedom, and comfort. Furthermore, I believe keeping students engaged is always important, and I will strive to have a classroom where there is never a dull moment. Furthermore, I will develop my students social skills and prepare them for the future. In almost any profession my students will pursue, there will be interaction with others, and as a teacher I want my students to be able to work with their peers. My philosophy of education involves a constructive approach. In a constructivist classroom, there is a great emphasis on viewing learning as a process. Wanting to be an English teacher, I feel the best way to discuss literature is through viewing others interpretations, and open dialogue will allow my students to express their own interpretations. In addition, I will assess my students with a constructive approach. In a traditional classroom, there is a strict adherence to assessment only based on testing and correct answers, but I want my students to have options and be assessed on different levels focusing a lot on subjectivity and not only objectivity. Finally, a constructivist approach addresses the change the educational curriculum has taken. In a traditional curriculum, a teacher transmits information to students who passively listen and acquire facts, and now students are actively involved in their learning to reach new understandings (Gray, 2013). The learning process has progressed, and I want my classroom to stay relevant. Some specific methods in particular that I want to implement in my English classroom include a wide range of interactive activities. In writing, I want my students to journal for a few

minutes before class every day. I believe the best way to improve writing is by practicing, and over the course of my class I will develop the students ability to write. Furthermore, I believe every student should do a position paper. The ability to acquire facts and sources while owning up to and supporting them are vital skills every student should have. However, multiple revisions will be done to these research papers, and I will track how much effort a student made over the transition of the paper. Finally, I want my class to be loud with plenty open discussions and group projects on books we will read. These open discussions and projects will keep students interacting with one another. I really want to stress the fact that learning is a process, and by the time my students leave my classroom, I want them to show improvements while enjoying their learning experience. Furthermore, I want to use technology in my classroom. Technology is everywhere, and as a teacher I do not want to suppress it. My students will know how to use various ways to present material. For example, Prezi presentations and Windows Movie Maker are tools I want to apply. Also, I want to use website creations to display information on novels we will read in class. Students use technology every day, and my classroom will use it as well. My students will know how to present information in various ways. Overall, my classroom will be a comforting environment where every person should respect for one another. With my constructivist approach, I feel I can promote communication and development over the course of my class which will in return produce a well-rounded student. I believe a classroom should be a family environment, where people work out problems with one another. My class as a group will develop academically, socially, and be prepared for a bright future.

Outline

Specific methods for teaching my students o Open discussion o Journaling o Group presentations on novels o Creative writing o Research paper o Book presentations Example of using constructivism o (Gray, Constructivist Teaching and Learning) Technology usage o Power points o Website creation o Music Discipline o Negotiating with students ("Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning") o Working out problems o Letting them talk to me about any problem o Openness Conclusion o Recap intro o Emphasize constructivism o Emphasize conformity in the classroom

Works Cited Gray, Audrey. Constructivist Teaching and Learning. Constructivist Teaching and Learning. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2013.