Do you feel your teaching philosophy differs from other teachers at your school?

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  1. DrivingPigeon

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    I've been noticing lately that mine really differs. I'll explain why.

    There are 3 kindergarten teachers at my school, and currently my students are the highest. I have only 3 students who haven't reached the end-of-year reading level for kindergarten. The other kindergarten teachers keep saying "Oh, but your kids came in higher," which isn't even exactly true. I had a couple of kids who came in reading and 3 that I'm referring to G/T, but the average student in my class didn't know how to read 5 months ago and is now reading at a 1st grade level.

    So, the lit specialist was telling me that I have a very different philosophy than they do. Their classrooms are more "kindergarten" while I introduce higher-level concepts to my kids, which puts them a little bit ahead. We have completely different teaching styles. I know that there isn't one style that is "right." So, now I'm sort of trying to re-think some things. Do their kids have more fun? Am I too hard on my kids? I think I really need to find a balance for next year!
     
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  3. cutNglue

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    I think higher level concepts are just fine if your kiddos can handle them. I also believe though at that age the activities and lessons should be age appropriate. I'm not talking about the concepts themselves but rather than the teaching style. A lecture style or sit down all day, to me, isn't appropriate. They are little wiggle worms and need a chance to move, express themselves and be creative. If you are doing enough of this, I wouldn't worry.
     
  4. MrsTeacher2Be

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    Different things work for different people, kids included. If it works for you and your students, then I say stick with it. There are 5 of us at my school that teach Algebra I, and we all do it differently. One typically gives somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 homework problems a week, one gives maybe 50 a week and the rest are somewhere in between. Our test scores are all typically similar so it works for us.
     
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    I also think the mix of your kids has something to do with what you can and can't do. One of the teachers on my team is flabbergasted with how independent and gung ho this year's class is for her. SHe constantly says there is no way she could have done the things she does with this class with previous classes. (ok that grammar is horrible) The teacher next to me and I have pretty needy classes. Some of the neediness I am sure I have allowed, but some is the make up of the class.
     
  6. Pisces_Fish

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    Not necessarily from the other teachers at my school, but from my actual school, YES! I teach Literacy First and I really have a hard time "buying into" it. I also differ from the philosophies of my principal. I do my best to "conform," but I know next year is my last. I'm not a good fit.
     
  7. frogger

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    Definitely! My admin is very touchy feely and there is a HUGE lack of discipline. They think discipline is the same as being mean to the students and demeaning them instead of what it really means and it shows at the school. The students get away with a lot there and there is a general lack of respect with each other and adults. It's trickled down to the K-2 students who will RUN in the hallways past adults without even thinking twice about it.
     

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