I will encourage my students to be B.O.R.E.D. sounds crazy, right? Please allow me to explain.
I have been reading a lot of material on classroom management, philosophies, education, and teaching. I have been reading many blogs by educators around the world. One blog that really struck home was “My 5 Words” by Garnet Hillman. http://bit.ly/13BOSwe In this blog, Garnet lists and explains 5 words that describe her classroom. I came up with my own five words. I thought I was set, but then I read another two blogs about classrooms and behaviors of students. One of the blogs was about Kindergarten and how his only rule is to “be brave” in his classroom. http://bit.ly/13r31MK I really really liked the idea of encouraging my students to be brave. Then there was another blog that just really made my whole day. http://bit.ly/QuRSp3 The blog is called “Behavior Management: not systems, but relationships.” This blog reminded me of the importance of incorporating each individual into my plans for how I manage my classroom. This impacted me greatly because I usually think about managing the class as a whole, but this blog reminded me to think of each student when managing my classroom. Also, in this blog, I liked how she brought attention to the difference between disciplining a student because his/her behavior was unacceptable and disciplining a student because his/her behavior was annoying. I will have to keep that in mind for later.
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Without further ado, here are my 5 words for my class and to encourage my students.
Brave: My students will be encouraged to put themselves out on a line (as the cliche goes). I will encourage my students to challenge themselves and to share when they might not normally share.
Open-minded: I will encourage my students to be open-minded about what they learn. Also, I will encourage my students to be open-minded about what they hear, read, or examine in my classroom whether from me or their peers.
Respectful: My students will show respect to themselves, their peers, and me.
Excellent: I will encourage my students to be excellent and all that comes with being excellent. When I apply this to my classroom, I will allow the students to determine what it means to them to be excellent. (I might throw a few things in there, just in case.)
Driven: My students will be encouraged to strive toward their goals and dreams. I will encourage my students to set a goal and begin working toward it. Furthermore, my students will encouraged to reflect and add to their goal(s).
As a disclaimer, these words will most likely evolve and change as I evolve and change as a teacher. Perhaps I will keep you all posted.
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Crazy? Crazy for cats!
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This video is a good giggle!