and determining how one should teach students is a difficult task, although
it is something that must be done prior to going into to the classroom
environment. The following list outlines the major teaching philosophies
that my practicum teacher uses daily in the classroom. She uses these philosophies
because she has found them to be very effective with her students. They
also all work well with varied ability and age levels, which my teacher
has in her classroom.
Individualization of instruction--meeting
each student's needs to maximize their potential and to help make them
independent, responsible learners.
Intrinsically motivate students to
be excited about learning.
Students learn through exploring and
hands-on activities--students are given plenty of opportunities to discover
information through exploration. Music education is especially encouraged.
The teacher tries
to use material and topics that are interesting to the students. In turn,
the students become more active learners. The teacher is an authoritative
teacher, placing limits and controls on the students, but she also encourages
independence. She offers the best instruction for each of her students.
"Their topic, my task."--Students determine
what they want to learn about or gain more information on and then the
teacher develops lessons that fit the individual learning styles and addresses
the topics that the student wants to cover.