What I know and What I believe About
the Development & Learning of Adolescents
"We aren't teaching math. We are teaching children through the lens of mathematical concepts." ~ Brian Lawler
The environment that we create needs to be a safe and secure place where our students feel comfortable and at home. Most of the learning will be done in groups, with the teacher functioning as a coach to guide student discourse. There are several important considerations for this type of learning to be most effective.
KEY PRINCIPLES FOR COLLABORATIVE LEARNING:
meet the needs of all students
Mathematical problems are designed to be "low-entry" and "high exit," meaning that every student should be able to begin the activity and can explore the concept in great depth.
According to Carol Ann Tomlinson, differentiation is when the content, process or product is different to meet the student's readiness, interest or learning profile. In order to learn about my students, I have them complete a Student Survey in the beginning of the semester.
Every lesson is designed around Madeline Hunter's model for Mastery Learning:
Lesson Design and Planning
Existentialism is a highly subjective philosophy that stresses the importance of the individual and emotional commitment to living authentically. It emphasizes individual choice over the importance of rational theories, history, and social institutions. Jean Paul Sartre, the French philosopher, claimed 'Existence precedes essence.' Sartre meant that people are born and must define themselves through personal choices. Influential existentialists: Jean Paul Sartre, Soren Kierkegaard, Martin Buber, Martin Heidegger, Gabriel Marcel, Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Camus, Carl Rogers, A.S. Neill, and Maxine Greene.
Physical, Social, & Emotional Factors
In addition to their academic information, other important considerations such as health and emotional factors need to go into lesson planning and creating a safe environment for the kids.
Adolescents need to be given lots of opportunities to interact with their peers. This is a time of great change for children and communicating with others in a safe environment helps them to grow as young adults.
Professional, Legal, & Ethical Obligations
Educators are professionals. As such, there are expectations for our performance which are set forth by the state of California and our credential programs.