My Teaching Philosophy
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My Teaching Philosphy

My goal is to to promote 21st Century thinking and learning in a Learning Room where 21st century skills, often referred to as the 4 C’s (Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity) are developed and all students, regardless of religion, ability level, gender and socio-economic status will succeed. Success will occur within an environment where respect for each other and learning is engendered. Every student will feel free to express ideas, feel safe, happy, share feelings, ask and test questions, struggle through concepts and succeed. In such an environment, students are appreciated for their individual qualities and contributions that they bring to learning. It is essential that the student feels that they have something to offer in order to belong to a learning community and connect with the learning.
I believe that a teacher’s authenticity, knowledge on the subject, use of technology, energy, and interest influence the thinking and learning of students in the Learning Environment. I also believe that an enthusiasm for teaching and learning, an approachable, friendly manner, and a sense of humour are qualities that engage and motivate students of all ages.
Apart from the personal qualities I must empower the learner by allowing them to understand:-

  • the level of question being asked
  • to know which tool or strategy to employ
  • to understand the expected outcome.

and develop empowerment to engage learning through these strategies:-

  1. By students developing the rights and responsibilities that our Learning Room operates under and couched in positive terms.
  2. By having Sharing circles where feelings can be discussed in a positive and caring way.
  3. Up holding fair and consistent consequences for students who transgress our rights and responsibilities.
  4. By using negotiated and collaborative work based on Joan Dalton's effective pedagogies.
  5. By teaching students to collaborate, negotiate, and reflect upon their learning so they can develop decision-making skills and begin the pathway for their own life-long learning.

Engaged learning must be:-

  • concerned with the experiences and contexts that make the student willing and able to learn (potential)
  • I must engage the emotions of my students to make a connection and purpose with the learning
  • structured so that it can be easily grasped by the student (spiral organization) and structured so that when the student takes action the result is successful, leading to positive self belief
  • designed to facilitate extrapolation and or fill in the gaps (going beyond the information given) and making connections between skills and task
  • accessible for all
  • negotiated curriculum

Another key to engaged learning is learning structured around Bloom's Taxonomy and Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. In the area of Bloom's Taxonomy, teachers teach the skills well in the areas of Remembering ( recall,name, define), Understanding ( explain, restate) and Applying (demonstrate, put into practice), but it is my strong belief and conviction that we must employ the skills of Analysis ( to think more deeply, to investigate), Evaluation ( quality of product or process) and Creating (designing new ideas) to develop deeper engaged learning in our students. I also believe that students bring to their learning a variety of learning styles, therefore in applying Gardner's Multiple Intelligences ( Intra personal - Self Smart, Interpersonal - People Smart, Naturalistic - Nature Smart, Verbal / Linguistic - Word Smart, Logical / Mathematical - Number / Reasoning Smart, Picture/Spatial - Picture Smart, Body/Kinesthetic - Body Smart and Musical / Rhythmic - Music Smart) as a tool to promoting thinking and learning in my students, I am engaging all learners. This learning engagement brings not only a greater depth of learning, but more fun to learning and empowers more learners in the spiral of success at the same time.
The Questions of Three - What, Why and How of promoting thinking and Learning are to me important questions that I ask of myself everyday when teaching. The What refers to the questions and learning activities that I would ask or have my students do during a learning and thinking lesson. The Why is the connection or relevance and importance to the learning the students must make at the beginning of the lesson. Here they make a connection with the learning and their life - pre knowledge and see its relevance. The How is the vital link in The Question of Three. That is How the learning and thinking will be engaged to develop deeper learning. To develop this I use strategies developed by Eric Frangenheim. These strategies have embedded in them Bloom's and Gardner's applications to learning.
I believe that:-
Effective Learners and Thinkers

  • are not afraid to have a go or to experiment
  • use technology as a tool in the learning process
  • pause before they answer
  • always try to see the other point of view
  • do not get up tight about making a mistake and learn from it
  • show humanity skills when dealing with others
  • see criticism not as a negative but as positive; a way to improving
  • give reasons for their answers
  • demonstrate good listening skills

AND thinking and Learning takes place within my students when I am QUIET! Why, because they are engaged in co-operative or independent learning activities that develop thinking skills.

























The Learning Room


 Through negotiation with the students we set up cooperative groups of desks around the perimeter of the Learning Room space and use the central area as a sharing circle for focused whole Learning Group demonstrations, presentations and meetings. I cater for a variety of teaching and learning activities with a minimum of reorganisation. The Learning Room is a vibrant and exciting environment reflecting the learning and thinking of the students.

Computer Technology plays an important part within the Learning Room. Students use the computers to access the internet when researching for information, lessons on Mathematical concepts and Literature, for publishing work using a variety of mediums such as Publisher, Word, Power Point, Prezi, Glogster, Blog pages, Edmodo and this site.
My students also use the digital camera, HD video camera and digital microscope as tools in recording their work for a presentation. Every students in my learning grouip also makes use of the Interactive White Board during lessons and when sharing their presentations. Students have access to emails on the Department of Education and Training's Web Services student email accounts and this is used as a communication tool.

Through the use of the above technology, my students have a tool to develop engagement for and purpose in learning.


















































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Address: ......Macquarie Road Cardiff 2285 New South Wales ....................Australia