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My LEARNING AND REALIZATIONS

The term is over but I would definitely bring important lessons that I have acquired from this course. I know that all the knowledge that I have gained will help in once I start my professional practice. This module has been very enlightening for me. It made me question myself, what type of teacher would I want to be in the future? To be honest I never really thought about it until this module.

The different concepts and principles that I have learned from this module made me realize what type of teacher I want to be in the future. I want to be the type of teacher who is not just good in transmitting knowledge but I also want to be a fun and interactive teacher. I want my students to be involve in all activities and be more involve in their learning. I want my them to develop their critical thinking skills and they should know how to apply the concepts that they have learned in real life. To be honest, I always feel that I don’t have an inch of creativity on my body. But since I have learned in this course the importance of being a creative teacher I would try my best to practice it. I want to create activities that is outside the box and fun to fully engage and motivate my students in learning.

After this course, I would try my best to continue to evolve and improve as a teacher and as learner.

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EFFECTIVE TEACHING

This module is very helpful to all educators, especially to the future educators like me, who doesn’t have any experience in actual teaching practice.

I’ve learned in this module that aside from the knowledge content and pedagogy in teaching, it also important that teachers are prepared and equipped to work with diverse learners. As educators it is important that we appreciate and accommodate our students’ differences and similarities. This would help us in understanding our students and we can create a better activities and teaching strategies. This would also give all students more opportunities to learn and gain more knowledge. Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students’ cultural references in all aspects of learning (Ladson-Billings,1994). The Education Alliance of Brown University listed some of the characteristics of culturally responsive teaching:

  1. Positive perspectives on parents and families

  2. Communication of high expectations

  3. Learning within the context of culture

  4. Student-centered instruction

  5. Culturally mediated instruction

  6. Reshaping the curriculum

  7. Teacher as facilitator

I have also learned in this module, how creativity can help on effective teaching. Creativity in teaching is the ability to think outside the box and imaginative in creating or improving classroom activities. Creative teachers doesn’t just stick on what is traditional but they try to improve it to make learning interesting and fun. Creativity helps students in strengthening their skills and knowledge that would help them to be a well-rounded and it would prepare them in the life beyond their classroom. According to Kristin Hicks (2015), here are some ways to bring more creativity in the classroom:

1. Don’t limit assignments to one format

2. Set time aside for creativity

3. Use tech to broaden your idea of assignments

4. Introduce unconventional learning materials into class

5. Encourage discussion.

I think the most important lesson that I have learned in this module is that being a teacher is a continuous learning. It is important that as an educator we improve and evolve to be able to catch up with the fast changing generation. We need to adjust to be an effective teacher to all types of students.

 

References:

Hicks, K. (2015, March 17). Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever. Retrieve from http://www.edudemic.com/creativity-in-the-classroom/

Ladson-Billings, G. (1994). The dreamkeepers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishing Co.

The Education Alliance of Brown University. Retrieve from https://www.brown.edu/academics/education-alliance/teaching-diverse-learners/strategies-0/culturally-responsive-teaching-0#ladson-billings

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IS CHANGE REALLY COMING?

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In this module, I have learned how the education system is slowly changing from the traditional and passive classroom setting to the more interactive and learner approach system. In my experience as a student most of my teachers in elementary and high school are more on the traditional type were the students are expected to seat and listen while the teacher is discussing. It was very different when I started college because it was expected that students will participate on every discussion. Some of our professor would let us do role plays, debates, group activities, we also have field trips and other activities that will help develop your higher thinking skills and apply what we have learned in the discussions. But I have come to realize that it was hard for public school teachers to switch from the traditional system to interactive and learner approach system because of the number of students per classroom and the lack of resources. The curriculum also from public schools are strictly mandated by the government.

I think the education system here in the Philippines is very focused on grades and we have a teaching strategy and curriculum that is very outdated in my opinion and the “one-size-fits-all” treatment. After the implementation of the k-12 program in the Philippines the government should also focus on how to improve the other issues that our education system is facing right now. According to some stakeholders, the implementation of the k-12 program is the key of our nation’s development and it help Filipinos gain competitive edge in the international community. But I don’t see any other changes of our education system aside from the additional 2 years of the basic education. We are still facing the same problems for decades like lack of schools, classroom, teachers, teaching and learning materials and many others.

Education has the biggest chunk of the national budget but despite having the lion’s share the problems in education is still not resolve. I think this is because of mishandling of funds, corruption and personal interest. Hopefully, in the years to come we can see changes for the betterment of the future generations.

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