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Teaching Platform: Exploring Initial Beliefs about Teaching

Jasmine

Introduction
I am a first level intern in the college of education at the University of South Florida. The
first day of my internship I was nervous. I did not attend the school tour prior to internship day,
so I was nervous that I would not know where to go. The day of internship my cohorts and I all
met in the schools library. The school was serving breakfast and as soon as I received my plate I
saw my CT. She greeted me with a warm hug and told me that she wants me to get the best out of
this field experience and I did just that. One of my first jobs in high school was working at a boy
and girls club. I enjoyed watching over the kids, playing after school activities with them, and
being an all-around mentor. A couple years after I started working at a daycare. I did part-time
after school. I watched over them, took them outside after nap time, and sometimes went on field
trips for the summer program. I can say that I have been working with kids since I was in high
school up until college. I enjoy educating kids and making a difference in their lives as much as I
can. I feel that I was placed to teach kids because it is not something I want to do or have been
doing, it is something I love to do.
The school that I am interning at is called Cork Elementary school it is a public school
and it is located in Plant City. There are about 678 students that attend this school and are mostly
white, Hispanic, and few African Americans. 53.03% white, 41.33% Hispanic, 0.56% black.
27% of the students at Cork have limited English proficiency, and 73% of all the students in the
school are getting reduce lunch prices. The grade level is fourth grade and there are 17 students
in the classroom. My CT teaches math, science, and social studies. There are 9 girls and 8 boys,
their ages range between 9 and 10 years old. I have at least 3 students that are gifted and English
language learners because they are pulled from the class once a week or has an ELL tutor that

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comes in to help them. The classrooms has no walls the only thing that is dividing the classrooms
is a barrier. The reason why I think having no walls and transitioning to another classroom for
another subject is important is because it gives the students a chance to experience a new
classroom environment. My CTs classroom is set up in table groups of four and the community
of the classroom is very student centered. The students mainly do group activities which helps
them build social interactions. The environment of the classroom is a family oriented classroom.
My CT has their birthdays posted in the classroom, their names on the entrance door, and 7
habits of building up their character.

My CTs Mission statement.

7 Habits of building up their


character.

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Students birthdays posted.


Articulation of Beliefs about Teaching

Belief 1
I believe that being an effective teacher relates to Kohns philosophy about building a
structured and caring community within your classroom. When you create rules for the
classroom with your students this gives them the full and clear understanding of what is
expected. Setting certain disciplines and stages that leads up to consequences allows students to
get a chance to improve their behavior instead of sending them directly to the office. I know that
my CT incorporates stages of discipline. First it is a warning, then a one on one talk, and last a
note in their planner.
Kohns philosophy also talks about building a safe community. I believe that this allows
students to know their strengths and weaknesses to develop a growth mindset. A growth mindset
is being able to have the faith that you can do anything you put your mind to even after failure.
Experiencing the disciplines my CT use in her classroom and the philosophies that my peers and
I read, my beliefs has shaped and changed. Before I believed that teachers should make their own
rules and if students misbehave they should take a time out or go to the office. Making all the
rules is not beneficial to the students because they may not understand the meaning of the rules,

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rules needs to relate to the students. Sending a student to the office rather than setting
consequences within the classroom builds a gap between teacher and student.
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Belief 2
I believe that one of the most important factors inside a classroom is the classroom schedule
that is made by the teacher. For example, here is my CTs class schedule: bell work 7:25-8,
science 8-9 , math 9-10, science again 10:30-11:30, lunch 11:30-12, specials 12:05-12:35, social
studies 12:35-1, math 1-2, and then cleanup/dismissal (FEAPS 2a).The reason why she repeats
subjects is because her students and another teachers students switch for ELA instruction. By
looking at this schedule you can see that the students spend more time on science and math than
they spend time on social studies. Having less time on certain subjects, the students will be
impacted by having less knowledge on the less amount of subjects. How you create your class
schedule shows how you will manage your classroom. A class schedule should have a morning
routine. The students should know what to do when entering the classroom and a building
activity to enhance engagement for the day. I will do the same subjects that I am expected to
cover but I will switch up the order from time to time. I want to build a routine that is learned for
day to day but not expected, so students will not get uninterested in the routine. My students can
know the time of transitions but I want to alternate between subjects. I never thought about a
class schedule being important in the classroom and to students. I thought that this was to remind
the teacher the times and schedule of the day. When I had to evaluate my CTs schedule to see
how effective it is, this taught me how a schedule reflects a teacher and how the teacher runs
their classroom.

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My vision.

Belief 3
Passion is one of my personal beliefs that you will need to have as a teacher. When I say passion
I mean that as a teacher you should not come into your classroom as just teaching a bunch of
students everyday but knowing and loving that you can change a students life. I had so many
teachers and professors while I was in school that showed me no passion for their career. They
did not take the time out to understand their students as individuals and try to build a teacher to
student relationship. I can say that I have the passion to be a teacher. I enjoy teaching students to
believe in themselves when they feel that there is no hope in understanding. I enjoy seeing
students solve a problem that they never thought they would be able to solve because I was
effective in using a strategy. I enjoy seeing the smile of every student as they walk into the

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building (FEAPS 2c). Passion is something that will allow me to keep the faith in every one of
my students even when it might seem like I cannot reach out to all my students. As a teacher you
want your students to love to learn and to me the only way this can work is if the students see the
passion in your teaching. When you are creating a lesson plan take the time out to plan the
lesson. Introduce the topic by relating to prior class work or students personal experiences. Make
sure they comprehend the lesson by engaging talk and turns or group activities. Once all is
understood assist them by a quiz or a project. I did not have a thought out environment of how I
wanted my classroom to be but doing activities to challenge my thoughts changed my view.
During my management class we did an activity on creating our classroom environment. Later
we walked around the classroom and wrote one word on each peers model. I received strong,
peace, love, collaborative, and so forth. I felt passion in what I did because I put true passion into
it.

Felt Tensions/Ongoing Wonderings


Entering into my level two of internship I still have the concern about understanding all
of common core and how to use it into my classroom. The reason why I have wonderings about
Common Core because it is different than how I was taught at this grade level. I feel like there

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should be a short course that we can take solely on Common Core. I have stayed during after
school hours with my CT during her planning time. This is when a math coach helps my CT and
her math PLC group on Common Core and what, when, and how it should be covered. I got the
chance to learn new information with Common Core, be involved in an educational meeting, and
help plan a lesson. I would like to learn more about Common Core and how to effectively write a
lesson plan.

Conclusion
My beliefs works to build a classroom that has a controlled management. I will bring
structure into my classroom so that students can practice good behavior and increase engaged
learning. As a teacher I will have passion with everything I do by building a caring relationship
between my students and me and having faith in all my students. Surround your classroom with a
variety of students cultures, schedules, labels with different languages, and encouraging
statements for growth as a person and a student. Provide a morning meeting during your morning
routine that builds up the courage to share experiences, engage in activities, challenge their
knowledge, and build character.