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My Educational Beliefs

 

I believe that student’s learn best when…

 

·      Learning is allowed to take place in a comfortable, respectful, and honest environment.

 

·      Students are allowed to create ‘texts’ in a variety of mediums

 

·      Students are allowed to discuss new works, ideas, and concepts with their peers in a constructive manner

 

·      Students are held to high standard of accountability and responsibility

 

·      Writing occurs daily, and allows for further learning, instead of simple restatement of teacher-introduced concepts and ideas

 

·      Technology is incorporated into learning and expressing

 

·      Students are allowed to choose what they want to read from a variety of texts and genres

 

·      Students are allowed to choose what they want to write from a variety of suggestions and prompts

 

·      Constant opportunities for peer and instructor feedback are provided before “final” drafts are to be submitted

 

·      Student’s have ample opportunity and choice to share their best work with other classes, teachers, parents, peers, and the general public

 

·      Class time is given for silent reading and/or writing

 

·      Discussion is most often student-led

 

·      Modeling of complicated new procedures, tasks, and ideas is done by the teacher, then guided by the teacher, then attempted individually when students have a sense of confidence

 

·      Assessment is conducted is variety of forms, and offers students a chance to demonstrate what they have learned and are still learning, and NEVER asks for regurgitation of facts.

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