To ensure all students receive the proper education they deserve all educators must take into account the various learning styles of all children. Whether there are learning disabilities or not, every student must be viewed as an individuals and treated as such. Teachers have the difficult task of creating lesson plans they know will achieve the engagement and understanding of the entire class while focusing on any unique characteristics of educational limitations among all students.

Teachers, parents, family, and any other influential person(s) who are part of the lives of the students can make positive impact on their development as an individual in the future, which will be useful in both their academic and professional careers You do not need to be sitting behind a desk or within the walls of a school to learn, each and every life experience is a learning situation, especially if that student is a child.

The topics I chose to further develop and focus on are; Learning Styles, Multiculturalism, Student Diversity/Exceptionalities, and Teaching Techniques. Feel free to comment or elaborate on any or all of these topics, as well as any others. As the blog address states, everyone can help in education.

Learning Styles

Each student is an individual and has their own unique learning styles, general grouping based on common characteristics can be utilized. However, a teacher would be providing a disservice to their students if they did not personally acknowledge and recognize each child as an individual. Development and adolescence must be taken into account. A first grader who has certain tendencies or behaviors might show a completely different pattern of behavior by the time they enter high school. As educators it is our responsibility to make a point of and discuss those developments with all concerned parties. “Your preferred styles guide the way you learn…Research shows us that each learning style uses different parts of the brain. By involving more of the brain during learning, we remember more of what we learn”. (Article) Why Learning Styles? Understand the basis of learning styles. http://www.learning-styles-online.com/overview/

Multiculturalism

As a future Teacher the importance of recognizing the diverse family and cultural structure a student comes from is as important as how that student learns and assimilates to their education. The student make-up of a general classroom in Southern California has representation from various cultures, each with their own unique diversity. As a teacher it is our responsibility to recognize and embrace those differences to enable all the students to have the same open minded viewpoint. All students need to be accepting of others, regardless of any preconceived ideas or misunderstood perspectives. Lesson plans also need to be designed to touch upon all and respective multiculturalism in general and in specific detail, educating the students with current, factual, and motivational incorporation in their everyday lives. Advantages of Multicultural Education: 1) Helps students develop positive self-image. 2) Offers students an equitable educational opportunity. 3)Allows multiple perspectives and ways of thinking. 4) Combats stereotypes and prejudicial behavior. 5) Teaches students to critique society in the interest of social justice. (Garcia, E.K.) Multicultural Education in Your Classroom K-12 News, Lessons & Shared Resources, My TeachHUB.com http://www.teachhub.com/multicultural-education-your-classroom

Student Diversity/Learning Exceptionalities

“Many children and youth with diverse learning needs can and should be educated within the regular education classroom. This setting is appropriate for some, but not all, students with learning disabilities.” “To ensure effective mainstreaming of students with learning disabilities, the building principle must set the tone for a positive and accepting learning environment for all children.”

Providing Appropriate Education for Students With Learning Disabilities in Regular Education Classrooms National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities http://www.asha.org/policy/PS1991-00101/

Teaching Techniques

After completing the personality surveys for this week I was categorized as an A Type personality with openness towards change and improvement. Which is the same results I have received in the past regarding surveys of this nature. However, now I have knowledge and guidance relating to my new career that will enable me to be a better teacher. Personality traits are key factors in the success of speaking to an audience of people. Assimilation, acknowledgment, creative thinking, and charisma are characteristics of most successful people who speak in public, regardless of the industry or field. Directing specific focus on certain material of importance based on the audience cannot be overstated, people have to be able to relate to and feel comfortable to be present and included in a lesson, discussion, or conversation. In academics the importance of engagement and motivational abilities of a teacher to their students is vital for everyone’s success. “Good teaching is open to change: it involves constantly trying to find out what the effects of instruction are on learning, and modifying the instruction in the light of the evidence collected” (Weimer, M PhD 2009). Effective Teaching Strategies: Six Keys to Classroom Excellence, Faculty Focus. http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/effective-teaching-strategies-six-keys-to-classroom-excellence/