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As a future childhood educator for grades 1-6 I believe my role is not to just teach the academics and Common Core curriculum, but to teach social, emotional and behavioral skills necessary for success in school and in life. I believe children need guidance in those areas and that is where I come in. Teaching isn’t just about the academics, it is equally as important to teach the social skills such as communication, collaboration, team work and public speaking skills. Children also need guidance on how to know what they are feeling and how to express those feelings in a socially acceptable manner. Children are not born understanding their emotions. It has been my experience that children need to understand their feelings and to be taught coping skills such as four-square breathing when they become mad or anxious. Children also need to be taught what proper public behaviors are. It has been my experience that not every child is taught the same core values and beliefs in terms of what is socially accepted as polite respectful behavior. I will take that role on as a future educator to promote polite respectful behaviors in an effort of creating future citizens that possess qualities that will help them succeed in life.
As stated, I do believe my role as a future childhood educator is to teach the academics and Common Core curriculum. From my own experiences, I plan on incorporating different theories in my teaching. I personally relate to Vygotsky and his Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). I believe students need scaffolding and gradual release teaching to become successful in the learning. I also believe in Piaget’s idea of schemas in that children need to relate the new constructs to their previously learned constructs. I plan to incorporate those two theories by teaching authentic lessons that relate to the real world through providing the necessary background knowledge to create the schemas necessary for committing the knowledge to memory. I also will teach using the gradual release method and scaffolding of new material so that students can successfully learn. It has been my experience that not all students learn via one way, I will plan my lessons using differentiated instruction and include several different learning modality styles for all types of learners.
I want to teach children because of my love for them. Seeing a child grow as a person and in their academics is the most rewarding feeling. To ensure I am teaching to the best of my abilities I will implement all the strategies and theories stated above when I am a teacher because I feel this is what children need the most out of their learning.

 

 

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