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My Teaching Philosophy & Classroom Management

I believe in teaching the whole individual and striving to help all students achieve success. Not only is it my professional duty to teach the Alberta Curriculum and assess students on achieving the outcomes, but I believe that all students can become successful, active, contributing citizens of society. Therefore, it is important that I integrate the knowledge of personal responsibility, discipline, perseverance, social skills, critical thinking and so much more to these twenty first century learners. I will build rapport and relationships with youth so that I can be a positive influence and role model in their lives.

It is my goal to be a reflective teacher, continuously learning, changing, growing, and striving to create a positive, insightful and meaningful learning experience for students. I must create a safe and secure environment for students where learning can take place. Students have diverse needs, interests, abilities, and experiences that they bring to school. By focusing on individual development and applying what I've learnt from my university classes and teaching experiences, I strive to provide the most appropriate instructional strategies, inclusive tactics, and diverse learning opportunities in all the subject areas that I teach. I will work to excite and motivate my students to become lifelong learners.

As a teacher I will have a flexible student centered approach, creating an open and safe learning environment. I want to facilitate instruction and learning through student choice and personal responsibility. Although my main goal is to teach to the Alberta Curriculum, students must first feel important, respected, and appreciated. It is important that I take into account cultural differences and diverse learner needs.

What I do outside of the classroom and gymnasium is equally important as inside, as I want to be the teacher that students can approach in class, as well as outside of the classroom, during extracurricular activities, around the school and in the community. The hidden curriculum is a very important responsibility of teachers as well.

Through multiple means and styles of teaching I will continuously experiment and use strategies to reach my students in ways that work for them. Collaborating and sharing innovative ideas with others, allows for better teaching and learning. This includes Differentiated Instruction, Universal Design for Learning, and focusing on student interest. One way I will facilitate students diverse learning needs is through technology. Using technology to enhance learning creates relevance in the twenty first century learners I will be teaching.

Assessment allows me to understand what the students know so that I can move them forward from where they are towards mastery of the outcomes. It is also my legal mandate to report to the school and parents about what students know and what they can do in relation to the Program of Studies. Through continuous, collaborative, ongoing, and varied assessments I will assess so that each student can demonstrate what they have learnt.

Physical Education

It is important to build an engaging quality physical education program where students have the opportunity to find value in lifelong physical activity. Improving wellness and encouraging healthy living, is a responsibility I have as a physical educator. Creating lessons that have maximum activity time, helps youth to stay focused and motivated. It is important to create units that are meaningful to students and can encourage and inspire youth to be active for life. This can be achieved through non-traditional sports and a variety of activities that students may carry on throughout their lives. By understanding students interests and involving them with choice in the units and lessons, students have an increased opportunity for success. As a physical educator I will be a role model to my students and the youth of the school and community. This means leading by example in areas of physical activity, healthy eating, positive attitude, treatment of others, etc. Students who enjoy physical education, believe that they can be successful, and are excited to learn various activities, are more likely to continue participating and being involved in physical activity. Every student can be successful in some area of Physical Education. I believe in lifelong active healthy living beyond the scope of the gymnasium or competitive sport field. My Physical Education classes incorporate activities that take place in environments such as the outdoors, community facilities, etc, exposing my students to activities that they may not have the

chance to experience. Physical education should focus on the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains, while still linking to the provincial outcomes. Though physical literacy, I will build positive relationships and rapport with my students and create a safe, engaging, well rounded, meaningful physical education program.

Classroom Management With it ness is one of the most important qualities I need as a physical educator and teacher for any subject. Having an awareness of what is going on around the classroom, gymnasium and outdoors, allows for prevention of issues and accidents, as well as creates more effective learning environments. The most important strategy for classroom management is establishing and encouraging the 3 Rs. They include respect, relationships, and rapport. First, respect for self, others, and equipment is required. This includes mutual respect between teacher and students. Secondly, relationships can only be built when there is a safe and open learning environment. Also, sending home a student-parent contact and information sheet at the beginning of the semester to fill out, can initiate relationships with parents and students. Relationships between student and teacher, as well as teacher and parent, and teacher and staff/admin are all important. Finally, rapport can allow for greater understanding, empathy, and listening of others, which helps create an inclusive and flexible class. When the 3 Rs are achieved and followed, avenues of communication are established. This way students and teacher are aware of the expectations of the class and the consequences of not following them. Expectations and routines must be taught, practiced and addressed. Including students in the creation of both expectation and consequences is important so that they know and feel as though they have some control. Consequences must be relatable, relevant, natural and immediate to the behaviour or action.

Creating and following simple yet direct routines help create better transitions, instruction and more effective use of class time. Quick and clear transitions prevent distractions, inappropriate behaviours and confusion. Routines, particularly for physical education regarding changing

down, drinks, equipment, attention getters, and attendance, should all be addressed at the beginning of the semester and then implemented with reminders during future classes.

Providing students with calendars of upcoming lessons/units, Remind 101 or a class website that has dates, events and facilities, allows students to know in advance and be prepared.

Having engaging and interesting classrooms and lessons improves student motivation, focus, and in turn classroom management. Behaviour strategies such as reminders and proximity are general and can be used for many students. Other strategies can be created depending on the individual and their specific needs and behaviours. I believe that it is important for students to be given a new start each day regardless of their previous behaviours or actions, as I want to set them up for success. Strong classroom management is a proactive approach that can create opportunities for high quality education and success for every student!