Xin- Proposal

Proposal. Now that you have really been investigating these four key factors, you can write a proposal to your administration that discusses how you plan to redesign the classroom learning environment in response to what you have learned this semester.

 

Dear Fort Hamilton HS Administers,

 

            The school year will be coming to an end soon and I cannot believe how fast my first year has gone by. The amazing support I have received from my coach, mentor, colleagues and the administrations this school year has eased my transition into teaching. I still have a lot to learn and will continue to grow under this nurturing environment. As the school year is coming to an end so is my Educational Psychology class at PACE University. I have learned so much this semester in this class and have tried to incorporate some of my learnings from the class into my own classroom. I have dedicated countless hours outside of work to research and study the topic of student engagement, student motivation, adolescent development, and learning theories. I would like to reflect on the four topics and make a proposal on how I plan to use everything I have learned to redesign the classroom learning environment for the upcoming school year.

           

            I believe that all students learn best in an environment that is safe, nurturing and consistent. Magic can be created in the classroom by setting standards for student expectations, student motivation and engagement, and instructional and physical management of the classroom. The physical setting of the classroom might not seem like an obvious factor in student engagement but a simple wall to wall decoration can affect students’ mood and well-being. I propose that the walls of the classroom should be neatly covered and used to reinforce curriculum goals and show students' work. The physical layout of the room should be set up to allow the teacher the greatest access to students who need proximity and more individualized attention. The first step to an effective learning environment is providing this safe space for our students. This proposal will allow the teacher to manage the class more easily.

 

            The importance of classroom management sets the foundation for student motivation and engagement. A lot can happen in a classroom at any given time. It is somewhat unpredictable because numerous unplanned scenario can arise from any student and during any given time. I would like to propose a proven and effective way to prevent problems from happening in the first place. One of the effective ways to prevent management problems from happening is by establishing routines and rules from day one. Those same routines and rules need to be carried out for the entire school year. Once the students feel welcome and safe in a classroom with an established routine and expectations, student motivation and engagement would follow.

 

            Motivation and engagement can be influenced by student's personal goals, interests, and student's beliefs about their own personal capacities (self-efficacy). Student's personal goals and interests play a major role in the development of the student. Developing lessons that are relative to the student's interest would spark their motivation and engagement naturally. As an educator, it is not only our job to teach but also our obligation to elevate student's self-efficacy. Providing the students with proper feedbacks on where they are and where they believe they're at is crucial for their development. There are different motivational factors for every single class and it is the teacher's responsibility to try and find out what that is for each student in his/her class. In order to find out what the student's goals are, the teachers should get to know their students. The teacher should involve themselves in the student's personal lives and be a role model for the students. It is crucial to form a healthy relationship with the students because many of them spend more time in school and around teachers than they do at home with their parents.

 

            I propose the following steps for teachers to find out student's interest and self-efficacy level. The teacher can show an interest in the student's personal lives and greet the students by the front door as they enter the classroom are both effective ways to build relationships with students. To find out student's personal lives, a survey can be taken at the start of school year to ask questions about them. Questions about their family size, who they live with, pets, and interests are all relevant information that is valuable for improving the teacher-student relationship. Building a positive teacher-student relationship will reinforce the foundation set by classroom management.

 

            As a new teacher at your school, I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by supportive members of the Fort Hamilton community. We all shared the common goal of engaging and educating our students. The reason I can confidently and openly make this proposal is because of the trust this school has given me all year long. I feel extremely grateful and satisfy to call this school home and wishes to continue to provide quality education to our kids and form lasting relationships with our students. Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Xin Jiang

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Xin,

      You did a great job with this.

      This really jumped out at me:

      I have dedicated countless hours outside of work to research and study the topic of student engagement, student motivation, adolescent development, and learning theories. I would like to reflect on the four topics and make a proposal on how I plan to use everything I have learned to redesign the classroom learning environment for the upcoming school year.

      I think this is a true and accurate statement about who you are as a teacher (and student).

       

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