I am passionate about creating an inclusive classroom environment and finding ways to help those with disabilities feel accepted. I also believe that as teachers we need to be instilling intrinsic motivation and helping to foster a love for education within our students. As a teacher I want to provide “hands-on” experiential learning and allow my students to have a voice in the classroom. I believe in the importance of allowing our students to engage in meaningful learning. This means that we are inviting curiosity into our classrooms, and allowing students to make connections between their own experiences and the curriculum. Finally, I believe in incorporating restorative justice practices within my classroom to keep my students accountable, develop competency, and create a loving community.
I am currently taking a “Computers in the Classroom” course. I believe that technology can be a very useful tool in the classroom and I would like to learn new ways to apply technology in my own classroom. I also hope to become more competent in using technology, and being able to create effective lesson plans using electronic templates, powerpoints, or smartboards.
One study completed by Bonds-Raacke (2008), indicates why I believe technology should be implemented in the classroom. In this study, upon entering a classroom, students had a dry idea of how teachers implement technology in their classrooms; by only using technology in ways like powerpoint for lectures, or using email to give assignments. However, in the experiment, they were given Tablets to work with and other creative means of using technology for learning. After this experiment students proved to be much more excited and curious about their learning. Students reported their classroom to be both engaging and interactive and found that they benefited from this technology use. As a teacher, I see this as fundamentally important to our classrooms. First of all, it is because I believe that as teachers we need to stay current with what our students are engaging with. And finally, I believe that implementing creative and effective uses of technology in the classroom allows our students to become personally invested in their learning.
That is all for now! I am excited for what we will be learning and discovering in the next few weeks!
Bonds-Raacke, J. M., & Raacke, J. D. (2008). Using Tablet PCs in the Classroom: An Investigation of Students' Expectations and Reactions. Journal Of Instructional Psychology, 35(3), 235-239.