As a teacher, you need to be aware and remember the great responsibility that comes with your profession. You need to make a difference in their lives by making them feel special, safe and secure when they are in your classroom. A teacher should bring positive energy into the classroom every single day, while also leaving their personal life outside the classroom. Create standards for your students and for yourself, from the beginning make sure that they know what is acceptable versus what isn’t. Lastly, motivating your students day in and day out is huge. By giving them encouraging comments on their work and throughout the day, they will feel good about themselves and have the ability to try their hardest.
Standard 9 says “Teachers are able to evaluate themselves”. For me, understanding how I teacher is big. I want to be teaching at the highest level possible at all times and i believe the best way to be able to do that is through evaluating myself. There are many ways to do that and in this class the one that stood out to me the most is test scores. By understanding your students’ test scores you can look to see how effective and how good your doing on your teaching. Having done that, you can alter your teaching technique or lesson plan and see how your next class does. Especially being a future Physical Educator, data from skill tests and observations are huge to understanding how good and effective your lesson is and whether or not you got your point across effectively.
Personally i feel that having knowledge on how to use technology in the class room is huge to possibly increasing learning in your classroom. So i plan to take a class that goes about teaching you how to use all sorts of technology to get a step above other people competing for a job. The other digital identity is something I barely have. Thankfully I am not a social media type of person and only have a Facebook that i do not even use anymore. My digital identity is very clean and is something that I would not even have to worry about while applying for a job or during a job interview.
Cyberbullying is not just an interesting topic, but a very important topic. With the small amount that we talked about in class I feel that you always learn more about it, especially since we are learning to be future educators. “Among children, cyberbullying is often connected with tradition bullying: victims of cyberbullying are often also victims of traditional bullying, and bullies have been found to be cyberbullies as well” (Bayraktar, 2015). Thats a problem teachers are having to deal with now, bullies attacking students through the internet. Teachers used to just be able to talk to the students or take them to the principle or counselor to talk about why the bullying is happening. The increase in technology in younger students is leading to bullying happening outside of school since the bully does not have to see their victim. Teachers are unable to see the issue compared to traditional bullying, because the bully attacks their victims emotionally rather than physically. “Cyber victims actually reported that the most intense emotion was sad, followed by rejected” (Gimenez Guild, 2015). By the victims feeling sad and rejected, they could possibly have self-confidence issues and have problem making friends. Teachers need to be constantly educated on the techniques to see cyber bullying. It would help if peers of the victims would say something to adults, but they tend to be bystanders of cyberbullying. I believe that more schools presentations about cyberbullying and how to stop it/ what to do if you see it happening, could lessen the number of cyber bully attacks. It could also allow teachers and administrative members to be informed faster, which would give the victim help and the attacker the punishment that should be handed down. Also it will give both the victim and attacker a chance to get counseling. “First, they can be effective leaders in promoting awareness of cyberbullying and its psychological impact on children and adolescents. Second, school psychologists can assess for prevalence and severity of cyberbullying. Third they can be effective in developing prevention programs designed to address the problem of cyberbullying among school-aged students” (Diamanduros, 2008). If schools can improve on using their resources like psychologists or counselors with cyberbullying in their schools, creating programs for prevention and being able to assess the severity of the cyberbullying that is going on.
I believe there is a correct amount of technology that should be included in the classroom and in a students learning. Too much and students will get distracted, too little and students might not be interested because it is boring. If you can find the right amount, students will be excited to use the technology to and can really impact their learning in a great way. For me when my teacher uses technology, other than a smart board to read off of a powerpoint, I am interested in the material. Thats why i feel that if teachers can find that right amount, it can potentially make a student excited about learning and very interested in the content that is being taught.