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Philosophy of Teaching

Philosophy of Teaching

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Published by Kaitlin Clark
My philosophy of Teaching
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Kaitlin ClarkDance 376Philosophy of TeachingThroughout the Semester I have been able to not just have teachers but to watch how theyteach their students. I am not the only student they have so they cannot just cater to me. I have beenable to watch them teach different types of students a lot better since my eyes have been more open tonotice that. Students learn in different ways so some classes they understand better than others. Danceis one of those subjects that require a little bit of each learning style. Visual learners, auditory learners,and kinesthetic learners do well in dance. I am more of a kinesthetic learner but through dance I havelearned to be more of a visual and auditory learner.Watching my peers in class and having them be the teacher for a moment has let me know alittle bit of how we all work. You cannot just show the dance movement and expect that they will get it.Allowing the students to have trial and error with a string of movements is a great way to allow them tolearn. Allowing them to try it out for themselves and become more of a kinesthetic learner will help
them understand weight changes, timing, styling, ect. But you can’t just stop there. You have to use
words.Words are such a powerful thing in teaching. Being able to describe how to do a simple step likea balancé, is so helpful to the student. Words have never been a strong spot for me. I have struggledusing the right words my whole life and this class really let everyone see that. It was hard to show myweakness while doing something I felt so strongly about. I get tongue tied easily or say the wrong wordsand sometimes it ends up really hindering my teaching ability. A teacher that can use words well toteach in a simple way is more impressive to me. Those teachers are the ones that inspire me to be abetter student and one day teacher.There were many quotes that were shared with us this semester about teaching. There are afew that make the point of continually growing as a teacher. A
teacher never stops being a student. “The
learning process never ends
 –
par
ticularly learning about teaching.” To be a teacher, you have to learn
how to be a teacher. One has to be teachable just like the students you are teaching. Something I really
learned from this class is how to take corrections or criticism. If I can’t chan
ge or try something knew Iwill never be able to grow. I have learned a lot form those I have taught. An example of that is meteaching Relief Society. I learned more as a teacher than I would have as just a sister in the class.Learning from others is how we become better people and as a teacher we have the opportunity togrow even more.Throughout my life I have had a lot of teachers. This semester was a rare time where I only had
one new teacher. I didn’t have an opportunity to get to know them personal
ly like the other teachers Ihad. However something that this teacher taught me was how he acted. He was a good man. I knewthat he cared. His example was filled with the spirit and that alone made me want to learn more fromhim. A good example and being approachable is what I need to have for my students. Becoming those

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