Excel file for jotting/brainstorming—
FORM: Word doc for each and every potential principle—
For me, the foundation of how I deal with students in the classroom is expectations. Based on their condition when they begin the class, I will naturally create some expectations for what and how they will do in the future. I invest myself in helping them to meet those expectations and show them my disappointment if they do not.
This is based on my idea that students long to reach their own potential, which is made of their strengths, but are held back by their own weaknesses. For myself, I make sure to use patience, encouragement, a sense of humor, and efficient class time to push them toward their potential. [Here is my teaching methodology to be included in training, based on what I do naturally.] For the students, it is not only about their knowledge, but in their acquisition of that knowledge (the speed, integrity and attitude with which they learn) [Need to map out a chart of sorts based on ideal means: students can be —, and beyond that also behavioral or personality tendencies (are they too self-centered, too others-centered, too active, too passive, too fast and likely to miss sth [shallow learning, skimming; ends up far with little depth or long-term memorability], too slow and likely to leave a lot of knowledge half-learned before they move on and forget [too deep and can’t move on, like one stuck in the mud], etc.).
These all need to be integrated.
General Teaching Methods:
– Based on my natural talents and abilities. [I make sure to use patience, encouragement, a sense of humor, and efficient class time to push them toward their potential.]
– References to past classroom management theories.
– Their potential is THEIR STRENGTHS.
This includes their natural capabilities [look to business perhaps for this, try to synthesize with other things as well; but this is never meant to be over-analyzed; we are educators, not gurus or fortune tellers—we will offer simple resources for self-assessment] as well as their skills. [hobbies or focuses of any sort] Their obstacles are THEIR WEAKNESSES. Our main goal is to remove obstacles and exercise their strengths. – The most important focus here will not be THEIR STRENGTHS but THEIR WEAKNESSES. I call them obstacles, as they are nothing but areas where the walls need to be broken down before their natural momentum is free to carry them forward (or upward). This leads us to the center of the two circles…
– Defining their potential/strengths and obstacles/weaknesses: This is where my Principles theory comes in, that in every classic canon or text there exists basic principles that at their core are all leading us toward the same truth, and that to align ourselves with that truth is also to reach further fulfillment and success in our lives. Here are the basic tenets of my personal theory regarding this:
Reaching Their Potential:
– This goes back to the first sentence I mentioned in this post: [the foundation of how I deal with students in the classroom is expectations. Based on their condition when they begin the class, I will naturally create some expectations for what and how they will do in the future. I invest myself in helping them to meet those expectations and show them my disappointment if they do not.] I need to develop this theory based on other theories as well as my own thoughts more consummate.
– This will be included in the training.