3 The Role of the Teacher in EducationThe role of the teacher in education is one of a trustworthy facilitator,serving the students through explanation and demonstration for thepurpose of identifying specific goals and objectives to be learned in acourse of study. I will work to equip students in the process oflearning essential skills, acquiring information, concepts, andprinciples. I will help my students to investigate and discover truththrough observation of information, interpretation and analysis ofkey facts and principles, and ultimately through evaluation ofconcepts so that they can determine the usefulness of information. Iwill help my students to grow in their understanding by introducingsimple foundational thoughts and ideas and then build upon thefundamental concepts as the course progresses. I will serve as theguide who helps students to navigate through the vast sea ofknowledge in order to distinguish significant markers in a givensubject area. When I served as a German teacher, my goal was toequip students in level one to learn to read, speak, listen, and writebasic statements in fundamental topics such as communicating aboutoneself, shopping, giving and asking directions around town, tellingtime and the days of the week, months of the year, and traveling.Each topic of instruction began by introducing basic conversations forthe students to learn. Then, students were given foundationalvocabulary words to learn.
After the examples dialogues wereintroduced and the vocabulary words were given, my job was tostrengthen students understanding by providing drills and exercisesthat the student used for the purpose of mastery andunderstanding. As a music teacher, I will follow the same pattern ofintroduction of skills, drill and strengthening of skills throughrepetition, that will lead to a demonstration of mastery by thestudent when required. Through the process of evaluation, thestudent will identify what concepts and skills need to bestrengthened through review and reassessment.4 Classroom managementThe Bible elevates the virtue of discipline in the life of those whofollow Jesus Christ. The Bible says that we are to study to showourselves approved to be a workman who does not need to beashamed, but rightly divides the Word of Truth.
In order to rightlydivide the Word of Truth, it is essential to be diligent and discipled.Classroom management requires discipline in order to create alearning environment where students feel safe and are able to learnwithout distraction. I find great value in beginning and ending aclass sessions with prayer. Recently, I taught at a private localChristian school and praying at the start of each class period helpedthe students to focus their attention on the subject we were about tobegin studying. I will have an orderly classroom where structure iscreated through regular routine.
Having a regular routinethroughout class time fosters a learning environment that cuts downon unpredictable events. Students function with a greater ability tofocus in a setting where larger quantities of time are broken downinto smaller segments. Once a teacher introduces the class to theroutine, and then walks with the class through the routine for a givenperiod of time, then there will come a point in time where thestudents will know what is expected and will begin to functionappropriately. I will manage my classroom positively using praiseand affirmation as appropriate.
A fundamental key to having greatclassroom management is establishing a good rapport with studentsby building trust in the teacher-student relationship throughtruthfulness and integrity.5 Instructional StrategiesI will incorporate ideas and skills keeping in mind the multipleintelligences of individuals (Verbal/Linguistic; Bodily/Kinesthetic;Musical/Rhythmic; Interpersonal; Naturalist; Logical/Mathematical;Visual/Spatial; and Intra-personal) in my classroom. Knowing thatevery individual is created differently with different strengths andabilities, it is important to allow for various projects and activitiesthat allow for a student to have an instructional strategy best suitedfor him/her.
Further, I will be clear to establish objectives andprovide feedback. I will also utilize the strategy of asking questions,cues, and advanced organizers. As part of my instruction andtraining classroom time, I will utilize cooperative learning so thatstudents will learn to work together as a team with specific roles andresponsibilities. I will strive to reinforce a student’s efforts helpingthem to recognize the relationship between effort and achievingresults. As needed, I will provide students with materials andactivities that are assigned for homework and practice on their own.
6 Curriculum DesignIn the creation of curriculum for my students, I use the three stepmethod in which I first identify the desired results. I consider whatthe target standards of instruction are that we are trying to reach. Ialso identify what the essential questions are that will be answeredthrough the introduction and instruction on the topic. Second, Idetermine what the acceptable evidence is that demonstrate thatstudents understand and can show mastery on specific skills andobjectives. I will identify what performance tasks or projects arerequired that the student complete in order to exhibit that he/shehas gained understanding.
I consider what quizzes, tasks, oracademic prompts I can utilize to strengthen and drill students on agiven skill or concept. I also consider what other evidence will beused to measure the student’s success. For example, I try to identifyany observations, work samples, dialogues, or student selfassessmentsI can use to measure the progress a student ismaking.
Third, I create a plan for learning experience andinstruction taking into consideration such questions as “Whatknowledge and skills do students need to win in order to successfullycomplete the assessment tasks?” I will identify that students willneed to know specific materials. I will identify that students willneed to be able to function and demonstrate mastery on specificskills and ability. Finally I seek to identify what teaching andlearning experiences will equip my students to demonstrate masteryand targeted understanding in the specific key area of instruction.7 The Use of TechnologyBecause of technology’s strong presence today, it offers many keytools and resources that teachers and students may use for thepurpose of identifying useful examples. The examples that we findwill help students learn to read and reinforce key performanceconcepts and principles. I will use technology in my music educationto drill students on performance skills. I will use technology to findexamples of different songs styles.
I will also use recording softwareto allow students to practice key ideas and strengthen skills so thatthey will be able to demonstrate mastery either individually or aspart of a small or large ensemble. Additionally, I will use therecording equipment to allow students an opportunity to selfevaluate their performance of selected music. I will use Finalenotation software to create necessary melodic and rhythmic drillswhich I will use for instruction, drilling and strengthening ofperformance skills, and creating documents for individual studentassessment. I would also use technology to document performanceand progress of students and ensembles and could use them as Ishare with parents locally or far away the progress of his or herstudent.
8 AssessmentEvaluating the progress students are making in the process oflearning skills and concepts is important because assessment is atool that helps reveal what concepts and skills need to be reviewedand strengthened before a student moves on to learn other things.This is especially true for those subjects which build upon eachother. A student must first demonstrate mastery on foundationalmaterials and concepts before moving on in the course. Assessmenthelps the teacher know how each student is doing. It also helpseach student understand what areas in the subject needstrengthening and reviewing. I will have frequent assessment ofindividual student’s progress through observation.
I will havestudents play their instruments, or I will have the student sing apiece of music to demonstrate that he or she can perform at thelevel required. I will provide written assessment where students willanswer questions on musical terms, and explain required skills intheir own words. In some cases, I might have the student teachassigned topics to the rest of the group after the class has hadsufficient time to gather information, assimilate and process data,and prepare the key information into a presentable form so that theclass may learn from each other. I will provide formal assessment aswell as informal assessment where students can track their ownprogress as they accomplish stated goals and objectives. I willprovide feedback to students in a timely manner so that studentscan keep track of their progress.ConclusionI am excited about the prospect of teaching students in a ChristianUniversity.
It would allow a way for me to obediently participate infulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission and see the lives of students