Top Ten that fit my philosophy and style
- Using 4 minutes of class before correcting homework to have the students
check homework with their group mates, but she also makes sure students
are not just copying their neighbors answer by walking around the room.
This fits me because I want to set all students up for success and by
checking answers with their group mates they can have someone to fall
back on if they get an answer wrong.
- Using a timer to keep everything flowing is one of the things that
I would want to use as a teacher because it will keep me on task, and
it helps keep the kids on task. I really enjoy how this keeps the kids
mind off watching the clock. Instead of sitting and watching the clock
for the end of the class period the kids know that they can put their
things away after the bell goes off and not until the bell goes off.
- Board work is a simple and helpful way to get students to review,
an assessment, and to help students get started for class. First students
write down the board work and then the teacher will facilitate the answering
of the board work. This fits into my philosophy because having students
start out working instead of waiting for me to start the class is a
good way for me to get ready for the start of class and asses if anything
needs to be brought up again for review that day.
- Questioning technique used for helping shy students get involved.
What happens is my teacher will set her shy or quiet students up for
success by knowing that they have the right answer before calling on
them. She does this by walking around the room and talking to individual
students. This has helped some of her students gain confidence in her
classroom. This fits my philosophy because I was one of the shy students
that didnt say much in the classroom.
- Students sit in Groups of three. This fits with me because I want
my students to be able to work together on their mathematics homework.
- Surveys sent home to parents about the student and information about
the parent and Students are given a survey to fill out. These both
fit me because I am interested in my students lives. Where and how
and what they are and also to get in touch with the parents. I want
my parents to be involved and I want to know a little about my parents
and how they feel about their students. Its a good way to get
to know a lot of people in a little time.
- Classroom management in general. Being able to walk around the room
and where she places her students. How she decides what groups students
are going to be in and how she deals with problems in the classroom.
All these things she does silently almost so the kids dont know
what she is doing. This I want to be able to do and hope that I can
address some of the classroom management as well as my teacher does.
- Life Lessons in the mathematics classroom. For example a fight in
the hall breaks out know your students enough to know if you can talk
to about the fight and bring friendship and other things students worry
about at that age into the lesson. You will get just as much done because
the students will feel better for being able to talk about it. I enjoy
this philosophy because of what we are learning about middle school
and because I have seen it work in a classroom. The students all settled
down after talking for five minutes and the teacher got in a life lesson
plus the mathematics she needed to get done that day. The students
learned more that day then just slope they learned how to be a friend
and how to stick up for your friends and even other peers. Something
they can use even if they dont graduate high school and something
I want to teach my students.
- Check your answer. This is a simple thing that she has students do.
She has the students fold the paper in half length wise and draw a line
down the center of the paper. The students do their work on the left
hand side of the paper and on the right side of the line they check
their answer. This fits me because I wish I would have had more mathematics
teachers make me check my answers.
- Be real. Tell corny jokes, enjoy being in the classroom and the students
and know what is going on in the school and in the classroom. This
fits with me because mathematics is hard to make fun and interesting
every day and I want it to be. If I can be fun and interesting then
maybe my students will have fun and be interested in mathematics.
Top Ten that do not fit my philosophy and style
- Picking one kids work to show the rest of the classroom is something
that I never want to do because I know that most students have a very
low self esteem and I would never want to lower it. I also never want
a students work to stand out good or bad.
- Perfectionism in every aspect of the classroom. This includes making
sure that all students have the same heading, using a red pen for corrections
and having my desk in perfect order. I am naturally not a perfectionist
and I would like to pick the battles that I fight in the classroom and
having the same heading on every students work is not a battle that
I want to choose to fight.
- Using 90% of their homework questions on the test. She says that
the majority of the test is going to come directly out of homework in
her algebra class. I dont think this fits with me because if
it were me in the class in junior high I would be more likely to slack
off and try to get answers from my friends then to do the work myself.
I also dont want to teach to a test. I think that I will try
to asses by using questions a lot like the ones on the homework but
not the ones on the homework assignment.
- Not being in the classroom while students are doing their BW. In
some of her classes she stays out in the hallway and watches the students
do their BW. I dont think this fits because I want to be in the
class with the students incase of questions and so that the students
stay on task
- Looking for 100% on HW and BW. This doesnt fit with me again
because I dont want to single students out. I also dont
want some of the students who may get 100% on everything to stick out.
- In waiting for answers to questions posed my teacher only waits about
1 second. I dont think this fits with me because sometimes I
need a little more time to sit and think about a question so I want
to be able to give my students that oppurtonity.
- When asking questions to the class my teacher usually only asks them
out load. Some students like me are more of a visual learner and need
to see a question. So I will try to write down every question that
I ask on the board or overhead along with asking the question.
- Giving homework on the days of tests. I do not agree with this because
I think everyone needs a little break from mathematics. One night of
not doing homework is not going to push your place back too much.
- My teacher usually only calls on the same students. These are the
ones that are usually disruptive or that raise their hand. I think
that all students need to have a chance to answer a question, even the
ones that dont necessarily enjoy answering questions. I want
all of them to be set up for success or scaffold them into the right
answer but I want my whole class to participate.
- The main way my teacher teaches is through lecture, questions and
working out problems on the board. I want to be able to do these things
and mix it up a little bit. I might do this half the time but I want
the other half of the time to be done in a different way to reach more