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Personal Classroom Philosophy

Self-efficacy

Using the theory of building positive relationships from Savage, T.V. & Savage, M.K. (2010), can help in gaining the student’s respect and in believing in their abilities in my classroom. Students will also feel comfortable in the classroom, building on their self-efficacy to succeed. Treating students with respect gives them a sense of belonging. With that belonging and trust, students will have an environment that they want to be in, creating a classroom they can succeed in.

According to Savage (2010) creating predictability and consistency in the classroom is important at the secondary level. Having predictability in the classroom will help with student’s self-efficacy because they know what they are coming into and can feel confident and comfortable in the classroom. Being consistent fits in with predictability because the students need to know that what the teacher says will stay the same. If a teacher is consistently changing rules and expectations then students will lose trust because they won’t know what the teacher is expecting of them.

Self-management

In order to promote self-management, I would use French and Ravens’ (1959) approach of Reward, Powers and Authority. Giving rewards or incentives can promote self-management. The students need to have respect for the teacher giving the reward, so I plan on gaining the trust and respect by building positive relationships. After gaining their respect, the praise I give the students will be meaningful to them. When students are doing the right thing I will use positive reinforcement to encourage them.

Also to promote self-management, I want students to create their own rules for the classroom using the democratic approach as explained by Savage (2010). Giving the students a chance to make up their own rules. As Savage explains…...

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