Reflection Item Two:
‘Adapting the curriculum and effective teaching strategies’
Question: Discuss in detail ways that teachers can set up the learning environment in order to maximise teaching and learning, and the advantages and disadvantages that belong with such implementation.
In our teaching careers, the biggest achievement we can make; is to succeed in creating a supportive environment which nurtures the emotional, physical, social and intellectual developmental needs of each and every one of our students.
Belonging to an inclusive educational setting as a supportive teacher, means we can encourage our students to flourish and grow into successful and achieving individuals. In an article by Ashman & Elkins, (2008) discussing Inclusive Education, they discuss the progression of Inclusive Education as being underpinned by a schools responsibility to operate as a ‘supportive and cooperative entity where the rights of every member of the community is acknowledged and respected’. Collaborating with the wider community extends an educators band of opportunities to greater develop their students in a style which is individually suiting. The focus of this reflection article is the importance of collaboration within the educational community and the positive outcomes that can be achieved from doing so. This will be supported by texts and journal articles.
From the time a child is born, it is a parent’s duty not only to feed, care and nurture their child, but to also support their emotional, social, physical, financial and psychological needs. As a teacher, our role is quite similar. In an article discussing the relationship between parents and the school environment, Finders and Lewis, (1994) found that, too often, the social, economic, linguistic, and cultural practices of parents are represented as serious problems rather than valued knowledge. Teachers share many characteristics in common with parents, teachers also aiming to support and develop student’s motional, social, physical, financial and psychological needs by developing learning opportunies which foster this growth. Recognising that parents and teachers both play similar and equally as important roles in a child’s development is the fist step to fostering a collaborative relationship between both parties. Finders and Lewis (1994) further discuss this issue of parental involvement in schooling by discussing Delgado- Gaitan’s (1991) work, which states “The difference between parents who participate (in schooling) and those who do not is that, those who do have recognised that they are a critical part in their children’s education”. If parents can be made aware that their contributions towards the educational environment are both valued and appreciated, then teachers will gain access to a wealth of knowledge in which they would have otherwise been denied. This extrinsic knowledge will help teachers to understand each student learning styles, interests, strengths and...