Philosophers such as Vygotsky, Piaget, Charles Darwin and etc. helped pave the foundation of today’s education. Saying that, Piaget theory is one that I can more so relate to. “Piaget’s theory of cognitive development explains how a child constructs a mental model of the world.” I believe as an educator, we should hold students to high standards and provide them with assistance to help them reach their goals. According to the text, “teachers must know how to adapt instruction to students’ levels of knowledge. Effectiveness of instruction depends on time needed and time actually spent learning” (Slavin,2009). By meeting the needs of individual students, provides them with the mindset to stay on track toward success.
Teachers should plan so the students are able to grasp and make progress before they complete assignments independently. Teachers should also present the lesson with the end in mind. According to the teacher’s planning it will determine the outcome of the lesson that is taught. “The first step in presenting it in such a way that the reasons for teaching and learning the lessons are clear” (Slavin,2009). I believe that students learn best from hands on activities. The more engaged a lesson is for a student, the more he or she learns. For example, I taught a lesson about place value.
In my class room, I instill integrity into my students. I want them to always be conscious about the decisions they make. “To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice” (Proverbs 21:3). The first week of school I discuss integrity with my students. I inform them that they should do the “right thing” although no one maybe present. Throughout, the school year I uphold them to be responsible at all times. Over the years I have learned that the students have more respect for each other because, they have a foundation to stand on.
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Graham, D. L. (2009). Teaching redemptively: Bringing grace and truth into your classroom (2nd ed.). Colorado Springs, CO: Purposeful Design Publications