What do I want my future students to know?
I want my students to know that I am interested in them and care for their well being. I want them to grow and learn because the have the desire to, not because they feel the need to do so.
What do I want want my future students to be able to do?
I want my students to be able to make good conscious decisions. And feel free to express themselves anyway they choose (within reason). I want my students to be full of knowledge and use that knowledge to guide then throughout their life.
What will be the primary way of teaching my future students what I want them to know and do?
My method will be simple, teach with an authoritative manner. Trust is the key! I want to build a trustworthy and reliable relationship with my students. I feel that a classroom that is run by fear only fuels fear. I want my students to feel comfortable enough in my classroom environment to admit when wrong, or when thy need help with something. I feel this is essential in growth. Naturally this will correlate with the standards and practices set by the education board.
What tool would I like to utilize in my classroom?
With the growing emphasis on technology, it is vitally important that students learn in an environment that is technologically advanced. This accomplishes two things, 1) the students learn how to operate the devices / hardware and 2) breaks down the fear of the devices / hardware. So many people these days fear breaking such expensive equipment. And while I would not condone the deliberate breaking of anything, the intimidation needs to vanish. Click a few buttons, unplug an few cords, it can all more than likely be fixed! Ideally I would like for every student to have an iPad or Mac, depending on their grade level. If I were teaching Kindergarten to Second Grade, an iPad would be appropriate and a Mac for the higher grade levels. These devices are great for interactively bringing a class together.
What role will my future students play in my classroom?
I feel it is important for students to learn responsibility and be accountable for actions. It will be my job to facilitate and guide them through the learning process. Each student is unique with different learning levels. My goal will be to figure each student out and help them on an individualized basis. I'm not a fan of grouping "like" students together. I feel it could promote negative feelings of rejection or unworthiness. However, it is important for students to build relationships with other students therefore entire class group activities are necessary.