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THEORETICAL SUPPORT FOR MY PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

Teaching Strategies
Theorist Theory Explanation Application
Lev Vygotsky Social Constructivism A variety of cognitive Encourage team working and
constructivism that emphasizes collaboration.
the collaborative nature of Promote discussion or debates.
much learning. Set up study groups for peer
learning.
Self-Regulation Students take ownership of AVID, Data Notebooks
learning
Classroom Community The social environment Students play a role in
influences the learning establishing classroom rules.
environment. Students must be Students are given choices
safe, included, and valued. when possible.
Clear communication.
Lev Vygotsky & Jerome Bruner Zone of Proximal Development The distance between the actual Identify what a student already
(ZPD) developmental level and the knows and help students
level of potential development connect their new learning to
as determined through problem- their prior knowledge.
solving under adult guidance, (Also: see scaffolding)
or in collaboration with more
capable peers.

Scaffolding Support every student by Gradual release of


breaking learning up into responsibility
chunks and providing a (I do, we do, you do)
concrete structure for each.

Carol Dweck Growth Mindset Having the attitude that through Future Friday Questions,
effort I can increase my Growth Mindset Statements
abilities.
Classroom Management Strategies
Spencer Kagan Cooperative Learning Instructional strategies designed Timed Pair Share
Structures to promote cooperation and Rally Coach
THEORETICAL SUPPORT FOR MY PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

communication in the Corners


classroom, boost students' Jigsaw
confidence and retain their Rally Robin
interest in classroom Hand Up Stand Up Pair Up
interaction.
Jim Fay & Foster W. Cline Love and Logic Neutralize arguments with targeted phrases such as:
I respect you too much to argue.
Delay consequences allowing for cool down time and reflection of
both teacher and student.
Place responsibility on the student.
Spencer Kagan Win-Win Discipline Address student needs before they become discipline problems.
Address misbehavior in the moment by targeting the cause.
Provide choice and responsibility in learning correct behavior.