My core teaching beliefs never forget that we are preparing students for society and real life experiences – doing well on tests is just one way to show achievement:
· Teach to eventually improve independence.
· Have high expectations supported by exquisite teaching.
· Strive for balance in the curriculum, in the environment, and in the teaching.
· Academics and good character are equally important.
· Promoting a safe and productive environment with clear, explicit organization of resources and routines enhances the learning experience.
· Making a commitment to excellent teaching and continued learning keeps teachers sharp.
· Sharing a sense of humor and compassion with your students is part of the learning experience.
· Listening and reflecting are a must for learning.
· Praising appropriately and honestly for real effort, not just product, motivates and encourages the learner.
· The process of acquiring the knowledge is sometimes more important then the finished product.
· Students are being prepared to be life long learners, not just to do well in class.
· Every minute of the school day is valuable and precious and time management is crucial for optimum learning.
· Communication and cooperation between home and school is one important key to positive learning outcomes.
· Providing differentiated instruction helps all children to progress at their own pace.
RESEARCH ABOUT TEACHING AND LEARNING COPIED FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S RESEARCH REPORT
Parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers. What parents do to help their children learn is more important to academic success than how well-off the family is.
The best way for parents to help their children become better readers is to read to them.
Children improve their reading ability by reading a lot. Reading achievement is directly related to the amount of reading children do in school and outside.
A good way to teach children simple arithmetic is to build on their informational knowledge. This is why learning to count everyday objects is an effective basis for early arithmetic lessons.
Children in early grades learn mathematics more effectively when they use physical objects in their lessons.Although students need to learn how to find exact answers to arithmetic problems, good math students also learn the helpful skill of estimating answers. This skill can be taught.
Children who are encouraged to draw and scribble “stories” at an early age will later learn to compose more easily, more effectively, and with greater confidence than children who do not have this encouragement.
A good foundation in speaking and listening helps children become better readers.
Many highly successful individuals have above-average but not extraordinary intelligence. Accomplishment in a particular activity is often more dependent upon hard work and sel-discipline than on innate ability.
Belief in the value of hard work, the importance of personal responsibility, and the importance of education itself contributes to greater success in school.
Children get a better start in reading if they are taught phonics.
Children learn science best when they are able to do experiments, so they can witness “science in action.”
The most effective way to teach writing is to teach it as a process of brainstorming, composing, revising, and editing.
Teachers who set and communicate high expectations to all their students obtain greater academic performance from those students than teachers who set low expectations.
How much time students are actively engaged in learning contributes strongly to their achievement.
When teachers explain exactly what students are expected to learn, and demonstrate the steps to accomplish a particular academic task, students learn more.
Students tutoring and explaining things to other students can lead to improved academic achievement for both student and tutor, and positive attitudes toward coursework.
Memorizing can help students absorb and retain the factual information on which understanding and critical thought are based.
Student achievement rises when teachers ask questions that require students to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in addition to simply recalling facts.
The ways in which children study influence strongly how much they learn. Teachers can often help children develop better study skills.
The best way to learn a foreign language in school is to start early and to study it intensively over many years.
Student achievement rises significantly when teachers regularly assign homework and students conscientiously do it.
Frequent and systematic monitoring of students’ progress helps students, parents, teachers, administrators, and policymakers identify strengths and weaknesses in learning and instruction.
Schools contribute to their students’ academic achievement by establishing, communicating, and enforcing fair and consistent discipline policies.
Business leaders report that students with solid basic skills and positive work attitudes are more likely to find and keep jobs than students with vocational skills alone.