One of the theories that I had to research this week was on self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is how a student views themselves and how that can affect their learning. An example of this would be if a student knew that they were good at english, then they would go into that class confident and ready to take on any challenge. However, if that same student walked into math class believing that they were horrible at math, then that student would perform worse. As a future educator, self-efficacy is very important. My job will be to inspire all students and encourage to do their best!
2. Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
This theory also goes along with self-efficacy. The theory of growth mindset is about how if we positively change the way we think, then positive outcomes will occur. The goal is to have every student to have a growth mindset because we want students to be open to new learning experiences and soak up all the new information. And a fixed mindset is the opposite of a growth mindset. When a student believes that they will never be able to learn a certain subject, they aren’t willing to learn and willing will not occur. I think it is interesting how when one changes their thinking, then that will positively affect one’s actions.
I think that trying to understand the motivation of a child is very interesting. And this concept is especially important when becoming a teacher. So I found this topic to be rather inspiring for me. Understanding motivation to learn can be a complicated thing to do. And I think one of the hardest factors of motivation to identify is intrinsic versus extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation is when a student is innately inclined to develop skills and engage in learning. And extrinsic motivation is when a student is persuaded into learning activities through an outside factor. And as a future teacher, I think that learning to identify the two types of motivations within students will be essential to their successes.
4. Building Relationships
One of the most important things that I have learned over my time through the village project is how important it is to build relationships with children. Every time I go to the Village Project, there is one student who lights up when they see me. This student has learned my name, while the other students refer to me as “teacher,” this student calls me “Ms. Ruthie.” The relationship with this student reminds of why I want to be a teacher. I love the idea that through kindness, I can be a positive role model for younger students.
5. Web Identity
I think that one of the most important outcomes of this class is the building up of my web identity. Within two months, I have established a blog in which I post weekly. I have made a domain where I was able to create how I wanted to control my space and what I put on it. I think that having this blog has been of my favorite things so far in my college experience. I can chronicle my weeks here at SNC, and in years to come, my blogs will serve as a reflection and memories. I am so glad that I started my blogs in my first month here at SNC and I cannot wait to see where it’ll take me in the future!
Thanks for reading!