My personal philosophy for managing my diverse second grade classroom, has been created through past experiences, various theorists, and personal observations. One of the theorists that contributed to my philosophy is William Glasser. He defined the teacher's role as being a leader to the students rather being a “boss”(Glasser 1990). Before anything, as the leader, I will implement reasonable rules at the start of the school year. Having set rules, routines, and consequences beforehand, will reduce the chances of not knowing how to handle a bad situation. I strongly believe that each child is different and capable of being successful. They need a safe, fun, and challenging environment in which to learn and mature socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. To be an effective second grade teacher, classroom management should be what establishes a good foundation for all the students. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in an atmosphere where there is trust.There are three elements that I believe important to make it work, (1) the teacher acting as a guide and not a boss, (2) allowing the students to create the assignements according to their interests, and (3) promoting respect for one another.
In order to educate my second grade students to their potential, I will be using my self-management methods, skills, and strategies. I will be impleming goal setting, decising making, and self-evaluation. I believe that letting students make certain decisions, will help them explore their curiosity. The greatest benefit is achieved when the students have a role in forming the goals as they will feel more ownership and accountability towards the goals. Posting the goals in the classroom will serve as a visual reminder of the commitment they have made. When students self-evaluate, they are assessing what they already know, and what they need more help with. I find self-evaluation to be very important in helping students become lifelong learners. In the classroom, I will conduct an assessment every friday to make sure that everybody is on track. The assessment will also let me know what students need more help with. I will also let the students set their goals and writing a daily journal of their progress. This will make the students feel responsible towards their goals. I will have the goals posted in the wall as a reminder of the commintment the student has set.
As a second grade teacher, I will differientiate and use my strategies to help the students be able to reach their goals. Every student learns differently, and that is why it is important to get the students involved when planning a lesson plan. Making sure that every student feels confident with the assignments is very important to me. I will be implementing vicarious experiences, verbal persuasion, and past performance, to better help them accomplish their goals. This...