Statement of Informed Beliefs SIB 1 Statement of Informed Beliefs Kasey Graves Kae Hamilton Education 204 Fall 2011
Statement of Informed Beliefs SIB 2Introduction All children have the right to a good education. As a future educator it is myresponsibility to provide children with the resources and knowledge they need to learn. I mustset the highest standards not only for myself but also for my children. I will challenge mychildren to learn something new every day. Education encompasses much more than just student teacher relationships. There areother members involved such as the community, school boards, and students with their peers. Iwill interact with other peers, parents, and the community to ensure each child is succeeding inthe ways they can because all the people who play a role in the child’s life will also participate insome way with their education. Children will learn to socialize in the school environment.They will begin to learn what is acceptable in our society. They will learn and apply the rules welive by so one day they can be valuable members of society I welcome diversity in my classroom. One thing I want to do is allow each child theopportunity to represent a part of his/her culture, and I also want to teach my students to beaccepting of all the amazing differences we have. I hope to see a great deal of cultural diversityin my classroom. I also hope I myself can adjust appropriately to the different cultures so I cancommunicate well with my students and their parents. As a teacher you must always be prepared, yet flexible. It is important to remember notall children learn in the same ways and so you may need to make adjustments to the way youteach. Something I always want to keep in mind, children are the audience, and the audience isalways listening. They will pick up on the smallest things you do, good or bad.
Statement of Informed Beliefs SIB 3All Students Can Learn Every student who enters a classroom may not be there because they want to learn.However, each child can learn and it is up to the teacher to make sure that happens. Studentswill learn things in different ways. Some topics may come easy to them but others may notcome as easy. It is important as an educator to realize when a child is falling behind and to gethim/her the help he/she needs as quickly as possible. Bandura has developed a learning which basically states actions are contingent uponconsequences. If behavior is reinforced it will be repeated. Behavior that is not reinforced willcease. Children can learn and they will learn if they are given the right reinforcements to followtheir actions. I also believe modeling is key in guiding children to learn what is appropriate andwhat is not appropriate. If a child sees a good behavior they are more likely to repeat it. As afuture educator I will begin shaping these children by reinforcing good behavior with littlerewards. I believe this will encourage the students to set higher standards for themselves andwant to achieve more. Inclusion is something you will find in my classroom. In order for all children to learn itis important all children have the opportunity to be involved in the classroom. I think childrenalso need to participate in groups to complete tasks. I will have my classroom set up into islandsbecause I truly believe teamwork and group effort is a great way to encourage learning. Whileworking in groups students will be able to identify their zone of proximal development. Or itwill help me to identify it. This is important because there are so many things we may miss aseducators. We do not want to have children slip into cracks so I
Statement of Informed Beliefs SIB 4believe by observing things like group work; seeing what a student can do on his/her own, aswell as with the assistance of others than you will know what steps you need to take next. Insome instances you may need to get more members involved like parents, and other teachers andget a child set up on and individualized education program. I will always do this kind ofchecking because it is so important all children are able to learn.Teachers Expectations A teacher needs to be enthusiastic about the materials they are teaching. If they are notenthusiastic about what they are teaching than how can they expect their students to be? Theyreally cannot. The teacher must have a good attitude about the materials being presented becausethe children will pick up on the negative attitude if not. The teacher must set high expectationsfor her children. If she does not then the children will have nothing to hold themselvesaccountable for. It is also important a teacher has high accountability for her students. Childrenwill not want to apply themselves if there is nothing in it for them. Even if it is just receiving agood grade or a sticker they need some motivation or someone to hold them accountable for thework. The teacher must also possess the gift of guidance. As educators at times we may getfrustrated and just want to give a free answer or feel like we are unable to explain certainconcepts. However, it is important that instead of giving free answers we provide students withguidance. Show them where they can find the answers for which they are looking. Goals are important not just for teachers but also for students. Goals give you somethingyou want to achieve. They give you something you can work toward. They are your
Statement of Informed Beliefs SIB 5motivation and they will keep you working for more and more. You can achieve the most out ofyour life with goals instead of just applying yourself to do what is the minimum. Goals will helpyou to reach the highest out of an authentic assessment. This is because you would be applyingyourself. It is real life not just a test. By setting high educational goals you achieve mastery ofsomething and do well on an authentic assessment.Students’ Social Ecology Theory Socialization is the process by which individuals acquire the knowledge, skills, andcharacter traits that enable them to participate as effective members of a group and society. It isimportant for children to understand the way people live and survive in their environments andthey learn a lot about this by watching people socialize with each other. One of the reasons thisis so important is because children need to develop a social competence; they need to understandthought and feeling and be able to respond to it appropriately. In order to be an effectivemember of society you have to know how to be an effective member which means you need toknow and understand others. There are many factors that have an impact on how students learn. The community is abig general group because all these people live in the same area. They also share the sameinterests. The community will be the ones who will support the school. They can be donors, orthey also just contribute by casting a vote. Families have a sense of collectivism they share with their child and their child bringsinto part of their education. They may have different values, beliefs, and traditions that they arebringing to the school. This may mean that for a religious reason they are unable to
Statement of Informed Beliefs SIB 6participate in certain functions at the school. It may mean they come to school dressed a littledifferent than others. Families may be very involved in their child’s education or not involved atall. This can make or break a child. If a parent does not know what to help their child with andkeep open communication with the teacher than the student will be the one who suffers. It is important all people learn to socialize with one another so we can all continue towork together. There are so many different ways we learn to socialize; family, peers, school, andthe community. I believe the more we are able to socialize the less and less we will see anegative classism, or even prejudice in society.Cultural Diversity Instruction All of us have our own ascribed status. This is something we are all born with, raised tobe, and it will follow us forever. I will welcome this in my classroom. On the first day of myclass I want each child to design their name tag with information about their culture. I wantthem all to be able to represent a part of themselves freely on the desks. I also plan on a projectwhere each person will present to the class about the place from which they came. They canbring in food, jewelry, poems, anything they feel represents how they view themselves. If there are different cultures in my class that I have never worked with I will researchthem. I want to learn more about where my students come from so I can be respectful of theirculture while I work with them and the other members of their family. For example, it may beinappropriate to make eye contact and I would not know that if I did not do my research. I alsothink it is important to understand the different cultures because they may have a different
Statement of Informed Beliefs SIB 7way of learning certain topics and I as an educator would need to understand that. If a student isa poor reader it may just be because that is not something that they push in their country. Cultural assimilation is when the minority group takes on the characteristics of themajority. I believe we see this here in the United States. We are not as welcoming to othercultures unless they can fully embrace ours. Students who are not from America often do notknow any English and yet they will jump right into a classroom and try. They may struggle foryears because they have no real way of communicating with others until they pick up more ofour culture. Cultural pluralism is when the exchange and acceptance of cultures is mutual. They bothwelcome, accept, and take on other parts of each other’s cultures. I really like this because itallows us all to be open. No one is giving up their culture, they are just accepting more. I thinkif we did this more often we would have a more accepting community as whole. I believe abilingual education would fall into pluralism. This is when the students are learning in theirnative language as well as the language they are learning. The teachers and students are able toshow respect for each other and the different cultures.Curriculum for all Learners There are different curriculums all over the world, which is good considering the fact ourworld is constantly changing. Howard Gardner defined the five cognitive abilities necessary forsocialization geared toward future achievement. There are: the disciplined mind, thesynthesizing mind, the creating mind, the respectful mind, and the ethical mind. With our world
Statement of Informed Beliefs SIB 8constantly changing it is mandatory we gather new ways of learning and thinking through ourschool work. There are so many things we must consider as we are writing our lesson plans beforeeach day. We must consider that each person will learn differently. Some may want to learnwhat you are teaching others may not. You must also consider the fact there will be days whenyou have extra time, or other days when you do not have enough time. There are always goingto be distractions and as a teacher you must learn to juggle and adjust. I really think I would try to work many different curriculums. Developmental interactionis one curriculum I am interested in. It is when students can work with peers, and other adults tosolve problems. I would probably use this more than I would something like teacher directedcurriculum because I believe it gives the children the opportunity to work in more real lifescenarios. I still will use a lot of teacher directed material because I am the teacher, and I am incharge. I think I can manage to incorporate many different learning styles and still be in chargeof the curriculum. If I ever see there is a struggling child I will do my best to assist them as quickly aspossible. What I envision is after a lesson I do a check. The students who understand thematerial well can begin their homework. The students who still need a little help can meet withme and the rest of the group and we will work through the problems together. I also willencourage my students to set goals and to achieve their goals. Not easy goals, but challenginggoals. I will have a reward system for those who can make their goals.Conclusion
Statement of Informed Beliefs SIB 9 As a future educator it is my responsibility to make sure each child can and will learn. Iwant to accept each person as he/she is and to help him/her grow to be whomhe/she desires to be.I am going to be not only a teacher but also a guider, motivator, and mentor. With the rightpresentation I believe a student could find any subject appealing and that is what I plan to do. Inorder for me to achieve this I know that I will be a lifelong learner. I will keep up to date onmaterials so I can make everything as interesting to the students as possible. I will hold not onlymyself but also each of my students to the highest standards. I will push them, and I will pushmyself to achieve as much as possible. I will create a unique curriculum which will encompassmany different learning and teaching styles. I want my students to develop a great skill ofcommunication and acceptance when it comes to socializing. I want them to do this so they willgrow to be influencing members of the community as well as accepting of all other people withwhom they will one day work. I know with the right teachers, materials, and skills each childcan and will learn. I strive to be that teacher not just for myself but for my students, and thecommunity. I believe by all of us working together we can all succeed and together we will allgo far.
Statement of Informed Beliefs SIB 10 ReferencesBerns, R. M. (2010). Child, Family, School, Community Socialization and Support. Belmont: Wadsworth .