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My Professional Identity

by Shaakira Le Roux

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My Professional Identity
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By Shaakira Le Roux
Table of Contents:
  1. My Teaching Philosophy.............................................................1
  2. My Classroom Management........................................................9
  3. My CV and LinkedIn Profile...............................11
  4. My Teaching Blog................................................11

My views of learning and knowledge: Learners have various
ways of learning. They gain new knowledge as they go along. In my opinion, the
constructivism approach to teaching and learning

would be acceptable to use, it states that knowledge is not
only constructed passively but also actively because of personal interactions,
and cultures and societies which learners belong to influence their view about
the world (Killen, 2015: 46).Having an open-minded approach would be beneficial
when incorporating discussions with learners to pick up on their prior
knowledge and to be able to build onto what they know.

  1. My Teaching Philosophy
My views of learning and knowledge: Learners have various
ways of learning. They gain new knowledge as they go along. In my opinion, the
constructivism approach to teaching and learning

would be acceptable to use, it states that knowledge is not
only constructed passively but also actively because of personal interactions,
and cultures and societies which learners belong to influence their view about
the world (Killen, 2015: 46).Having an open-minded approach would be beneficial
when incorporating discussions with learners to pick up on their prior
knowledge and to be able to build onto what they know.

My views of the roles of teachers and teaching: I see my role as a teacher as not simply carrying over information but to create meaningful learning experiences for learners. This will enable learners to form ideas on their own. This can be done by trying to accommodate an embrace the different learning styles of the learners in my class. I will create an inclusive environment where the learners will feel free to express their true selves. I will to my best to have an open mind in the classroom and not be a ‘know-it-all’, my way of doing something might not be the only way.



My personal goals for the learners at this school: What I would like for the learners to achieve is to become confident in themselves, to be team workers, to reach their full potential when doing their work, to be able to express themselves, to be able to use knowledge that they have gained effectively and be able to apply it to a situation, for them to have a meaningful understanding of the world and acknowledge that people have different perspectives and that they should be respected (Department of Education, 2011: 5). My goal is to create learners who are accepting of others and their difference, whether it be race, age, culture, disabilities, learning barriers, etc.
My personal goals for the learners at this school: What I would like for the learners to achieve is to become confident in themselves, to be team workers, to reach their full potential when doing their work, to be able to express themselves, to be able to use knowledge that they have gained effectively and be able to apply it to a situation, for them to have a meaningful understanding of the world and acknowledge that people have different perspectives and that they should be respected (Department of Education, 2011: 5). My goal is to create learners who are accepting of others and their difference, whether it be race, age, culture, disabilities, learning barriers, etc.
Discipline at the school: I will create a set of rules for
the learners in my class to follow. Learners need to have a mutual respect for their teachers and peers, they need to do their work as it is for their own benefit, they need to be kind to one another, clean up after themselves, no negative comments, when someone is talking then listen, don’t disrupt the learning of others as it is taking away the rights of the learners, etc. When a learner misbehaves, I will give them a warning. If they continue with this, I will have a meeting with the learner to discuss their behaviour. I will ask them why they are misbehaving and explain to them how they are not only taking valuable time away from themselves but also the rest of the class. After this, if it happens once again, I will send them to the to the grade head or principal to be dealt with. If bad behaviour continues, I will have to contact the parents about the behaviour of their child and have a meeting to discuss the way forward.
Ethical dilemmas prioritisation plan: All learners will be allowed to express their views on a topic, however learners can’t force their views and opinions onto their peers. There needs to be respect for everyone else’s views and no degrading of differences in opinions. If conflict arises, learners will be afforded the opportunity to discuss their differences and not argue. They can each state their believes, to create an understanding for one another.
Ethical dilemmas:
Social and Ethical Issues: We live in a diverse country and our living circumstances differ. The child in your class could be the eldest of their sibling and have responsibilities such as cooking and cleaning, leaving them with little to no time for homework. Another child’s family could be poor and might not have had food to eat, therefore they are tired in the class and don’t pay attention. These children would be seen as lazy and be punished without knowing their circumstances at home.

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