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Teaching Portfolio

Teaching portfolio of preschool class.

Taylor Holliday

on 8 September 2014

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Transcript of Teaching Portfolio

Learning Experiences With My Preschool Class
Professional Portfolio
Teaching Philosophy
I believe that every child has the right to a quality education. I will strive to create a nurturing, engaging, challenging, and fun learning environment in which children are excited to learn and encouraged to explore the world around them.

I believe it is my responsibility to aid my students in meeting academic, social, and emotional goals.

As a teacher, I believe it is important for me to build my student’s self-esteem and to support them in participating in positive and meaningful social interactions with their peers.

It is my goal is to support my students in having positive and successful early academic experiences that will continue for the rest of their education.

I understand the importance of being a culturally responsive teacher in order to reach all of my students and teach them that their differences should be shared and celebrated.

I recognize that I must be aware of the role that family, culture, and the community play on meeting the instructional needs of my students. Throughout the school year, I have worked hard to form relationships with the parents of my students. Parents and other family members play a crucial role in the development, self-esteem, and emotional well being of their children. Gaining insight into their personalities, life styles, and views on their children, their behavior, and education helps me to communicate their child’s progress in the most effective and meaningful manner.
Educational Goals
Professional Knowledge
My Teaching Style
Differentiated Instruction
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Learning Styles
Recognizing that each student is unique and therefore their learning styles and processes are unique as well is key to my being an effective teacher.
Part of knowing my students is understanding how they learn best. Some students are auditory learners, while others are visual, or tactile/kinesthetic learners.
Managing Challenging Behaviors
Evidence of Teaching
Lesson Planning
Taylor Holliday
When a child is exhibiting challenging or non-compliant behaviors, I try to find the function or cause of the behaviors in order to determine which strategies will work best to increase socially acceptable behavior and academic success.
Anticipating when conflict may arise due to certain combinations of students, situations, or activities is another way to cut down on disputes between students and keep the class running smoothly. Classroom management is more effective when it is proactive, rather than reactive.
Sample Lesson Plans
When developing my lesson plans
Dr. Howard Gardner's theory that every person has a unique set of cognitive strengths and weaknesses is essential to understanding how my students learn. Students scan be categorized into eight different intelligence groups:
Multiple Intelligence Theory
Classroom Environment
I strive to create a classroom environment in which every student feels that they are part of a supportive learning community.
In order to maintain an academic setting that is conducive to student learning, I will keep my room calm, clean, and concentrated on maximizing academic engaged time.
I use differentiated instruction in my classroom to ensure that all of my students reach their personal academic goals, regardless of their ability level and learning style.
I use several strategies to differentiate my lessons to meet the the needs of my students:
-Stations: setting up activities in different areas of the room so that all students are engaged at the same time.
-Choice: giving students a selection of activities to chose from so that they can pick activities that interest them and cater to their learning style.
As an effective teacher, it is important for me to understand and implement the best techniques to help my students reach their academic goals.
"The soul is healed by being with children."
-Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Educational Setting
I implement a wide range of activities into my lesson plans to appeal to my student's unique learning styles and preferences.
To form relationships with my students and their families.
To continue to understand how my students learn and create age-appropriate lesson plans and activities to meet their individual interests, experiences, abilities, and learning styles.
To continue to gain knowledge from my Master's In Teaching classes that I can apply in my classroom.
About Me
book from class
My name is Taylor and I love being a co- teacher in my preschool classroom. I discovered my love of working with children in high school and have continued to help them learn and grow ever since. After earning my Bachelor of Arts degree, I taught children on the Autism Spectrum for two years before joining my current class. I am currently attending Webster University to earn my Master of Teaching degree in Early Childhood Education.
Professional Engagement
Professional Comments
A student's culture and community play a large role in shaping and defining their personal identity, rituals, thinking processes, communication and language, social habits, beliefs about right and wrong and good and bad, values on education, and expectations in life. A community also serves to shape values, and a child’s view of them self as a member of a group. Since curriculum “represents what a community believes young people need to know to develop into good and productive adults,” as a teacher I need to be aware and knowledgeable about the cultures and communities of my students so that my curriculum meets their needs (Ryan & Cooper, 29).

Effective teachers have strategies to help them provide for culturally responsive teaching, or using and including the cultures of a classroom in every aspect of teaching. One way to create an environment in which diversity is welcomed is by using multicultural materials such as books, pictures, posters, information, and objects. Providing familiar objects in the classroom for students will help me to use another strategy for culturally responsive teaching, which is creating a link between experiences at home and at school. Providing a variety of learning experiences to cater to the varying learning styles of my students will ensure that they all are given the opportunity to learn in a way that is best for them. Creating a classroom that is culturally responsive must be multidimensional: the curriculum, learning context, classroom environment, and instructional techniques must all work together to reach a diverse group of students.
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