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As an educator, it is important to prepare our students for the 21st century. The 21st classroom needs to be a productive environment where students develop their curiosity and inquisitive skills. Teachers will be facilitators of student learning. I will foster higher level thinking skills, effective communication skills, collaboration skills and make students adept with using technology (e.g., SMARTboard, iPad, iPhone, and computer).

Students need to be actively engaged in their own learning and incorporate descriptive feedback into their assignments and projects. I wish to transform their wonder into knowledge by providing a rich environment to question their world around them. I will encourage students to express their ideas and respectfully challenge and test new ones. Students will be given the opportunity to express their ideas in many forms (e.g., video, presentations, skits, art, music, drama and dance). I will present the big ideas to the students. However, the students will share, discuss, investigate and present their inquiry in their desired form (e.g., video, presentations, skits, art, music, drama and dance).  “When students are invited to take part in the learning process from start to finish, they experience a sense of agency and responsibility for their learning, an approach that lends itself to greater student engagement and intrinsic motivation” (Ryan & Deci, 2000).

Students will assess themselves and each other positively. Feedback given by the teachers and peers will help them reach their desired outcomes. Assessment throughout the year will not be based solely on an end result such as a quiz, test or an assignment, but by the process that occurred. All students learn differently, and it is important to recognize the various learning styles (Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences). By providing a variety of opportunities for students to express themselves, they will reach their full potential.

We learn:

10% of what we read

20% of what we hear

30% of what we see

50% of what we see and hear

70% of what is discussed with others

80% of what is experienced personally

95% of what we teach to someone else

Mrs. MacVicar

Source of Quote: We Learn - William Glasser, developer of The Choice Theory

Teaching Philosophy