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My Views on Learning and Teaching

Throughout the past 3 years as a student at the University of Texas College of Education, I have been taught many different approaches to teaching, from a wide variety of teachers with years of experience in the field. Despite the theoretical appraoches and years of experience at my disposal, the greatest teacher for me thus far has consistently been experience. The countless hours I have spent in lecture halls and discussion groups are quickly overwhelmed by the small portion of time that I have spent in actual classrooms.

Because experience has been my most effective teacher, I hope to extend the same mentality to the classroom. By taking a constructivist approach to my classroom lessons, I hope to scaffold my students building of their own experiences. I believe experience is the greatest educator and that the greatest amount of experience comes from the greatest amount of exposure. I plan on bombarding my students with a wide variety of real-life experiences that will promote life-long learning for my students. My students will be exposed to a variety of texts, situations, and experiences that they will see in their real life experiences. By making strong semantic connections to students home lives, I aim to create a functional bridge between the classroom and my students lives outside of school.

As I have been progressing through my development, I often find myself frustrated by common problems and pitfalls present in most classrooms. One of the major concerns of mine is parental involvement. I understand that situations can be difficult for families and being involved all the time is not practical in all situations, but I hope to bridge the gap between home and school. In my mind, learning is an ongoing process that shouldn't end when the schoolbell rings and the busses head home. I think open communication lines with my students' parents is essentail so that all parties can be involved in the ongoing process of learning. In order to accomplish this, I plan on contacting parents as much as possible, inviting them to participate in school activites, and encouraging an increased interest in schoolwork at home. 

Another common problem that I have observed many teachers dealing with is the district-mandated standardized tests. Many educators complain about having to "teach to the test" which not only puts pressure on the teachers to meet goals, but puts pressure on students to perform to a certain standard. While I understand that standards are necessary and essential for school districts, I also feel that many people put far too much emphasis on these tests. From my standpoint, standardized tests require students to demonstrate their skills and abilities in a variety of different contexts, yet focus on minimums of performance. I feel that if I provide my students with a variety of contexts and experiences, they will be able to perform above and beyond the minimums required by the standardized tests. 


Look inside my mind at my concerns as a teacher (document typed in a stream-of-conciousness manner)

Jordan Kramsky * 4102A Shoal Creek * 469.358.4348

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Jordan Kramsky - Jordankramsky@gmail.com