The first week of this unit I had a mix of emotions, excitement and stress . The topics covered each week have giving me the opportunity to increase my knowledge in many areas. Having an interest in teaching when I started this course has now grown to having an interest in learning as well. Reflecting on my education as a child has shown me the growth in teaching and our current education system.
Professionalism was a great way to start the unit; this topic has giving me the chance to understand the responsibilities that teachers have to students and their parents. On beginning this topic I believed that professionalism was about ethics and how teachers conducted themselves in and out of the classroom. However while this is still relevant I would have to now include commitment to the learners. Courses and professional development days being offered to teachers, the new knowledge gained can be used in their classroom. Being able to make informed decisions and have the ability to conduct self assessments is a vital to assisting learners in today’s classrooms. (E&K, 2010 ).
Social cognitive theory focuses on changes in behaviour from observing others. However to expect good behaviour from students we as educators must model the correct behaviour in and out of the classroom.(Bandura,1986, 1997, 2001 as cited in E&K, 2010pg,179) .
The video clip Children see, Children do is a powerful video that clearly shows the importance of how inappropriate behaviour is imitated by children. Creating a safe and inviting environment for children is essential in providing them with positive feelings towards learning. (E&K,2010 pg 166). Children’s needs change as they mature and progress through school. Positive reinforcement consistency, respect, effective strategies and guided self regulation can assist the learner in developing good work habits.
Cognitive learning and constructing knowledge are topics that hold a strong interest to me. Working with children that have language disorders and cognitive issues the more knowledge I gain in this area assist with the quality of instruction that I provide. Meaningful learning is vital in assisting students to learn and to store newly learned knowledge. Students will benefit from high quality concrete examples, simple and precise instructions. Language development should be encouraged and modelled students should have the opportunity to ask questions. Introducing new words within instructions will assist the student in extending their vocabulary. It is important for all students to put into words their understanding of the tasks being taught.
Understanding cognition and how we learn is essential in the developmental stages of children. Not all students learn in the same way, understanding the cognitive process will assist in the development of the students. By modifying my approach when giving instructions I...