Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Beliefs on Education

I've decided to try my first Linky Party!  I loved this topic from The Primary Gal.  It made me think "hmmmm... what did I write in my portfolio?"  So I went to pull it out.  Those of you who know me won't be surprised to learn that my teacher portfolio is..... A SCRAPBOOK!

So I read over my philosophies and most of them I still agree with so without further ado....

I became an ESL teacher because I believe...

1.) Every student is capable of learning.  However not every child learns in the same way so as a teacher I must provide my students with a variety of authentic, meaningful learning experiences.  This learning needs to be engaging. I enjoy the challenge of creating these experiences for my English Learners (ELs).

2.) We need to create comfortable environments where students feel loved and cared for.  At a workshop today it was pointed out that students learn their first language in order to communicate with their loved ones.  For my students learning a second language they are learning that language in order to survive.  Can you imagine how much more difficult that is?! I can't.  So we need to make the environment for learning that second language a loving one.

3.) Students need structure!  A structure and routine will help to lessen ELs anxiety.  Once they learn the routines of the classroom they can focus on the content being taught.  Routines also make life easier for the teachers!  Everyone wins!

Why did you become a teacher?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog post about my teaching beliefs. I so agree with your #3. I teach kindergarten and you can tell the days that our routine gets interrupted. I'm sure it is the same way for your students.


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