JOSIAH DAVID MALINICH
DIGITAL MEDIA ENGINEER
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My classroom will focus on student-based learning through group projects and partner work with unique assessments for each individual. Students will be held to high standards when it comes to the way they treat one another and how they respect me and their peers. I plan to teach in a classroom that is inclusive to all students regardless of their learning abilities, gender, race, or background. My students will be excited to learn and feel confident in their academic abilities. I believe that students learn best by actually doing things, we will often incorporate dancing and singing into our classroom to build memory. By implementing technology and other resources in my classroom, my students will learn important life skills such as communication, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership.
There are 3 important purposes of teaching: teaching students about becoming better citizens, academic achievement, and building life skills. The idea behind teaching is to empower students to embrace learning and to encourage them to grow into better people.
I know my students will not only learn the curriculum, but also how to be good citizens by teaching kindness, respect, love, commitment, responsibility, and perseverance in my classroom. Students learn many skills and values outside of academics by working in the classroom. For example, they learn how to be a part of a team and a community while learning what unique characteristics they can bring.
All students can learn and succeed but more importantly, each student has a unique ability and I cannot wait to help my students discover their true passions and potential. I believe that with the enthusiasm and support of a good teacher, a student can achieve anything that they want to. Behind every great mind, there is an amazing teacher.
I am passionate about showing students the joy of making a difference and how to be better people, and also about helping my students succeed regardless of how many times they fall first. All students have learning preferences and learn most efficiently through different types of work; that is why it’s so important for teachers to have a variety of different teaching and assessment styles throughout the year so that all students have the opportunity to succeed.
To have a culturally responsive environment, I will need to know my students well and provide opportunities to engage in learning experiences and understand how they can apply those experiences and skills in everyday life. Learning will be meaningful to my students because I will take time during class to get to know them and help them get to know one another. For example, students could write essays about topics of their choosing so that they can be passionate about what they are writing.
I want to run a learner-centered classroom so that students understand what they are learning and I will emphasize the importance of why they are learning it. Students who have personalized goals and learning strategies are more likely to work at their own pace and have a higher success rate. I want my classroom to be blended, individual, and group work so that students have a variety of learning strategies at their disposal and I can consider the ways that are most beneficial for them.
When it comes to learning, all students learn differently so there must be variation in lesson plans for students to feel confident in their ability to learn the class material regardless of the easiest method for them to use. Also, I will spend more time working with my students in a conversation-based setting so that students can fully expand their knowledge and learn from one another simultaneously. Students should also be studying efficiency, fluency, and most importantly, they should be investing in their learning.
Teachers should be better equipped in the classroom to empower all of their students, especially the ones who feel left out due to a learning disability. John Hattie writes that there should be checklists during the lesson for students to assess how well the students are learning the class material. Teachers need to pay more attention to evidence about the effect that we have on our students and make adjustments accordingly.