I the classroom – whether it’s an internet

I am and continue
to be teacher who walks into her job everyday ready to help mold her students
and help them achieve new heights because they are ready to learn because of
the atmosphere I help create.  I want my students to set higher goals for
themselves and see the benefit of education because they should want to
accumulate the knowledge to gain a better life.  I teach and guide my students in learning as
much as possible.  

As challenging as
an inclusive classroom can be, I need to be sure that I take effective actions,
in order to help all students succeed. I believe that it is important for me as
the teacher to work closely with special education teachers because they can be
a great source of information.  This assures that there is a regular
exchange of information and that proper training is utilized when working with
the inclusion students. “To provide students with disabilities appropriate
educational services in the setting that maximizes their potential, schools
must employ effective practices in identifying exceptional learners” (Hallahan
& Kauffman & Pullen, 2012, p. 25). I frequently assess my student’s
progress in order to allow me to decide whether or not I should implement the
response to intervention model (RTI) or even individualized education programs
(IEP).

In my opinion,
technology brings different ways of learning into the classroom. It supports
and enhances what teachers and students can do in the classroom – whether it’s
an internet resource enriching a research assignment or a global positional
system (GPS) allowing students to work with real world problem solving. I
encourage my students to use technology to learn new things in a new way,
create new things in a new and different way, and communicate in a new way.

On the other hand,
I also see myself taking the essentialist approach at times. There will always
be that core curriculum that is essential for students to learn and know such
as reading, writing, speaking, and computing clearly and logically. Also,
essentialists acknowledge the idea that core curriculum may change.  I do
believe there is a time and place for the essentialist approach but I try my
best to incorporate and facilitate it through varied learning methods.

I consider myself
to be a progressive educator. “Defining education as a continuous
reconstruction of experience” John Dewey states (Ryan & Cooper, p. 303,
2013). As a progressive educator I believe that learning should be
experience-based and relevant to students’ lives. I recognize my students’
capabilities and adjust class material as needed in order to help them gain the
knowledge they need to be successful students and citizens. Teaching in an
inclusive classroom, makes it even more imperative for me to recognize my
students’ capabilities. “Teachers must adapt the general education curriculum
to meet the needs of all students” (McLeskey & Rosenberg & Westling,
2010, p.17).

From the time that
I was little until now, I always wanted to pursue a career in Elementary
Education. As I got older and began to coach hockey and work summer camps, I
felt that I was heading in the right direction, with a teaching degree. The
enjoyment of watching kids succeed and knowing that I played a part in it was
and is an incredible feeling. Beyond these experiences, I myself had an incredible
teacher that had a positive impact on me from such a young age. He showed me
how rewarding this career field could be. As a struggling student, Mr. Stone showed
me that I could in fact do well, learn, and succeed as long as I put in the
effort. He gave me the tools I needed to develop a love for learning and
teaching. I could only hope that one day I would be a teacher like him; patient,
caring, welcoming, accepting, intelligent, and supportive.

As a teacher, I
believe that I should enter my classroom with only the utmost expectations for
each of my students. My reason for this is that I believe if I want to teach my
students, they will want to learn. I like to believe that I demonstrate and
model an open mind, high expectations and a positive attitude towards learning
in order to inspire and encourage my students to succeed with every task that
is thrown their way. Also, I aim to create a sense of community, a sense that
my students and I have shared goals, are mutually supportive and respectful of
one another’s achievements, and understand that everyone contributes to the
class. I try my best to keep my motives in mind, utilize a progressive and
essentialist approach, integrate technology, and provide effective support for
my special education students.