E1 – Exemplify professionally informed, growth centered practice. To me, E1 means that classroom instruction is planned according to principles that have been learned through research and experience. There are many concepts I have learned about in my ‘Introduction to Teaching’ class. I discovered that my curriculum style is holistic from reading an article by Miller. It was very interesting to think about approaches to curriculum will be different and it is important be aware of my own style and to respect others curriculum style. In my discussion post on this module, I wrote:
“Miller is correct in stating that in a holistic approach to curriculum, the teacher should try to create learning experiences that reflect different learner preferences. The teacher pays attention to how a student responds to a lesson and is aware of not separating emotion from intellect (Miller, 2011). The teacher tries to create learning experiences that are enjoyable for the students and as a science teacher, the more hands-on the students can be in learning, the more I believe they will learn about a particular subject.”
I don’t believe completely in the holistic philosophy because there does need to be standards of learning and a set of knowledge that is my goal for students to learn while they are in my classroom. I agree with Miller in the ‘how’ of learning, and that “enjoyable and enlightening experiences lead to learning” (Miller, p. 35).
I currently am planning a lesson on lab safety and was given an idea to do a skit of what NOT to do during a Biology lab. I think my students will find the skit enjoyable and I think because of this, they will remember the specific rules about scalpels and taking care of the microscopes.
In conclusion, in learning about the holistic approach as an educator I am seeking to plan my curriculum and learning activities so that the student will be engaged and will enjoy learning and coming to class.
Miller, D.L. (2011). “Curriculum Theory and Practice, What’s Your Style?” Kappanmagazine.org V92 N7.