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by Darian Hoffman


My Professional Identity
By Darian Hoffman
My Teaching Philosophy
My philosophy of education has changed from my previous years to what I believe today. It is my belief; through education an individual will receive the vital skills and tools that are necessary to build a life that is successful and
prosperous. My philosophy of teaching is to cultivate love for lifelong
learning in my students. My greatest motivation for becoming a teacher is to
contribute a positive change to the lives of my students and empower them to become resourceful people in their personal and professional life.
My teaching philosophy is based on the belief that education is a solution to many social problems. My teaching philosophy is rooted in my goal to effectively teach all my students and instill in them a love for learning. I want my students to understand that learning should not only take place in the confines of the classroom but throughout their daily lives. I strive to help my students become life-long learners. As a teacher I believe that every child is unique. Teaching should be wholesome and should address all learners needs. Therefore, pursuing knowledge and working to improve my abilities as an educator are among my highest priorities.
Teaching to me, is not sorely about imparting skills and knowledge. It is about love and relationships that not only makes learning happen but encourages children’s development holistically and empowers them to work towards their dreams. I believe that all children are naturally curious and have a great desire to discover and learn.
I believe that children learn through play. It is extremely important for teachers to believe in engaging children in learning through play. We as teachers need to understand and see the intricate relationship between play and learning. Through playing children learn to interact with others, establish their self-esteem, problem solving and motor skills.
My teaching style is built on the belief that learning will only take place when a child is excited to learn and feel good about themselves.  As such, I place great emphasis on developing positive student-teacher relationships.
It is critical for teachers to begin by valuing children’s personal experiences, thoughts and ideas.
what I have learned throughout my studies is that what works for one child, does not necessarily work for another.  Therefore, I have attempted to incorporate as many teaching strategies as possible into the delivery of my lessons to address diverse learning styles. I believe that a classroom should be a safe, caring community where children are free to speak their mind and blossom and grow. I always make use of strategies to ensure my classroom community will flourish. Teaching is a profession that encompasses the passion and desire to motivate and encourage children to develop a lifelong love of learning. It has many challenges but also provides many rewards.
To conclude, I hope to provide the skills and tools necessary for success and foster the individual talents of each student, giving them confidence to embrace their dreams and make them a reality.
Classroom Management
The Psychoanalytical Classroom Management Theory.
The psychoanalytical theory is one of the oldest theories in psychology. It gives importance to the unconscious thoughts and perceptions that have a significant impact on a student.
Sigmund Freud developed this theory.
It claims that a student can misbehave due to four reasons:
Misbehaving to gain attention from peers or teachers.
Misbehaving to seek power as they feel alone or like an outsider.
Misbehaving because they feel mistreated.
Feelings of inadequacy: Misbehaving because they feel like they have failed or are not capable of success.
With all this in mind, teachers can better address a student’s behavior.
A major drawback to this theory is that it is a shot in the dark. And it is
difficult to make conclusions because students’ behavior changes from time to time. The psychoanalytic theory is based on the notion that an individual gets motivated more by unseen forces that are controlled by the conscious and the rational thought.
Classroom Management Tool
Reflection on implementation of my tool
A classroom management tool is crucial for every teacher to have in a successful learning environment. I believe that my classroom management tools controlled the classroom and discipline within the classroom. Students at this age need to be guided in the right path. My students were capable of self-discipline but needed to be shown what the rules of the classroom are and what is the expectation of the teacher such as myself. I believe that students are basically good but that the environment around them influences them tremendously. My classroom management tools ensured
that learners kept busy with instruction, they did not have time to be disruptive and guided them to behave appropriately.
The classroom management tools were attractive and were fun to use. The students were never exposed to classroom management tools as teachers at the school made use of traditional ways of maintaining order within their classrooms. There were a few learners who would take advantage of these classroom management tools, I quickly laid out the rules and they listened thereafter. The learners enjoyed working with these tools and only took a chill pill when they needed to, which I also had great control over. The sprays were used by myself, I did not allow learners to make use of it. I would only spray their hands when I thought they needed to focus or stay quiet. The spray bottles consisted of hand sanitizer only, but they worked miracles in maintaining order and discipline within my classroom.