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Kerrie Craske- Teacher & Learner

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

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Teaching Goals for the Future

LEARN

I want to learn everyday along side my students. Whether it is learning how to better introduce subject material, learning a new form of assessment, or learning a new classroom management strategy, I want to continue to learn. I know I will be exposed to new situations and experiences every day. The joy of being a teacher is that no two days in the classroom will ever be the same. I need to learn to adapt to this thought, as most of my life has been simple and constructed. Through teaching, I will learn a lot about myself. At times, I will have to step out of my comfort zone and learn about the full potential that I have as an educator.

EXPLORE

I want to explore beyond the walls of the classroom. Students do not need to be in a school environment to learn. As being outdoors is my passion, I want to share this passion with my students. By going outdoors or on field trips, you can gain new perspectives on life and the world around you.  Life is a journey, and although I am not yet sure where it is taking me, I know that it will be fulfilling and experiential because I will be doing the two things I love; teaching and exploring.

INSPIRE

I want to inspire my students to reach for their goals and beyond. I believe a key to helping students aspire to be their best is to truly listen to their stories, passions and goals. I need to inspire my students by being a positive role model. This may include encouraging students at a subject they don’t like, motivating students to participate, or inspire a new passion in a student like a new language, sport, dance or art. I know that many important decisions I have made in my life were done because of inspiration from other teachers. I want to pass this inspiration on to my students and continue the cycle of believing and achieving.

CHANGE

I want to change the course of education so it can be better adapted to each individual’s needs and learning styles. I want to change the ideology that education isn’t for everyone- each student deserve a quality education and a caring environment. Most importantly, in the evolving world we live in, I want to teach students that the change that is occurring around us needs to be dealt with. The young children I will teach are the future of our planet. I want to teach them the power of social justice and how to make a difference.

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Educational Quotes

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

  • G. Jung

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

  • William A. Ward

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

  • Henry Brooks Adams

“ An educator is entrusted with the most serious work that confronts humankind; the development of curricula that enable new generations to contribute to the grow of human beings and society.”

  • William H. Schubert

“ Teaching. We’re not in it for the income. We’re in it for the outcome.”

  • Author Unknown

“ It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”

  • Author Unknown

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

  • Ignacio Estrada

“ A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.”

  • Patricia Neal

“Compassionate teachers fill a void left by working parents who aren’t able to devote enough attention to their children. Teachers don’t just teach; they can be vital personalities who help young people to mature, to understand the world and to understand themselves.”

  • Charles Platt

 

Philosophy of Education

I believe that in order to teach, we as teachers must be open to learn something new each day. Teachers must create an atmosphere that is enthusiastic, where students can become actively engaged in their learning. In order to create this positive atmosphere, I want to strive to understand every student’s individual personality and needs. It is vital to teach students respect of others, themselves and their opinions. I want my students to become empowered in their learning and know that they have a right to make decisions and be heard in the ever-changing world we live in.

Teachers need to accept that every student has a unique learning style; therefore it is important that we introduce various teaching strategies into the classroom in an effort to reach every individuals needs. I believe we need to develop care and happiness for our students. As a teacher, I need to be a positive role model that encourages my students to grow and learn effectively. I will reflect off of my own experiences throughout my teaching career, as I know each day will bring new challenges and successes.

I believe teachers need to prepare students for their future, not the past or present. I connect my beliefs to the quote, “I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside” Whitney Houston. If we want our students to live better lives than ourselves, I believe it is essential to express the importance of environmental awareness and health awareness.

Teachers are not only dispensers of knowledge, but we are facilitators for future generations. Our beliefs and morals influence how we choose to teach and create how we live as teachers for a lifetime.

Philosophy of Assessment

The foundation of assessment begins with deeply understanding its purpose and need to relate to students lives within the context of school and community. Authentic assessment begins by planning with the end in mind. I am a strong believer in authentic assessment because students spend more time mastering tasks that are relevant to their lives. Differentiating learning to fit individual needs allows for assessment to become valuable and suitable for each student. In order to make assessment effective, there needs to be a variety of different strategies put in place. This captures assessment as/of/for learning, along with working individually, in small groups, or facilitating a whole classroom experience. Students learn best through role modelling. They will not understand the importance or value of assessment unless it is modelled to them in a meaningful way. This harmonizes with a quote I strongly believe in, “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best”. – Bob Talbert

There is a high need to create a positive atmosphere for assessment from the beginning of the school year. By no means should any assessment determine how students rank against one another in the classroom. Instead, assessment should be taught and experienced with the values of support and inclusion for all. I believe it is vital to talk one to one with students about their strengths and areas in need of improvement so they feel respected and can set positive goals for future learning. Goal setting is a form of self-assessment that allows students to become captivated in and accountable for their actions while learning. The “I can” statements written in student friendly language compliment this self-assessment, as students understand what is expected of them and can strive for excellence. As an ongoing learner myself, I need to stay true to my practices of assessment as I grow and develop as an educator. My assessment must remain realistic and I need to be aware that authentic assessment is not suitable for all areas of learning.

Assessment is an ongoing experience, and it needs to be performed frequently and effectively. A purpose needs to be eminent as to why students are being assessed along with a plan in place of what needs to be done with the data gathered to help improve student achievement. Assessment should not be done strictly for scoring or putting grades on a report card. The goal of assessment is to help students aspire to the next level, while helping the teacher know what to plan next to ensure optimized growth. My last belief about assessment is that it requires collaboration. Collaboration is an extremely important part of assessment, especially throughout my first years as an educator. When you are able to work with teachers of different capabilities and outlooks, you are able to problem solve, find what works best for your students, and improve the overall quality of your schools initiatives.

 

 

 

 

KWHLAQ for the 21st Century

Do you remember doing KWL charts in school and even university? What do you KNOW, what do you WANT to know, and what did you LEARN? They were basic, got to the point, and had the opportunity to be a form of assessment of what students understood. While I was looking through my twitter feed the other day, I came across a different form of a KWL chart posted by Brian Aspinall. Its called the KWHLAQ chart.

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I truly believe that our KWL chart use needs to be adapted for the 21st century. It is important to include:

How students will find out information? (this can lead to a lot of inquiry tasks or lessons)

What action will you take? (this allows students to demonstrate what they have learned to someone else, develop new ideas or to develop what they have learned into something like an action project)

What further questions do you have? (it is important for students to be reflective and they can use technology or collaborate with others to discover answers to unanswered questions)

I am wondering if anyone has seen or implemented this type of chart into the classroom? If not, would you use it in the classroom? Why or why not?

 

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