Dr. Deming’s Points 1, 2, and 5 (excerpts)
#1 “Create consistency of purpose toward improvement of product and service.”
My reflection: Create a classroom with a purpose of building the necessary academic and social skills in all students so they can enter the world as productive citizens.
#2 “Adopt the new philosophy, we are in the new economic age. Western management must awaken to the challenge, learn their responsibilities, and take on leadership for change.”
#5 “Be open to change and use the new tools available to creating the best environment for learning, now and in the future.”
My thoughts: We should be creating life-long learners. I know I have had to change my teaching methods many times over my 30-year career. In my first couple years, my students were given eleven workbooks and I was required to “cover” two pages every day in each book. This was in direct contrast to the strategies I was learning in graduate school. I had to learn how to manage both at the same time.
Then, I jumped right into the Whole Language movement, complete with center work, in my next teaching position. After that, my students had basal readers filled with novel excerpts to learn specific reading and writing skills, then novel study. Next up was guided reading complete with leveled books. And last but not least, the Common Core requirements- which have changed our curriculum every year when a new administrator gets hold of the documents. I’m sure I’ve left something out.
In addition, new technology tools are introduced every year. I try to be open-minded. I try to keep up learning the new methods. If I keep my mind on my main responsibility, I know I am doing my best. I keep the students sitting in front of me every day as my focus. They are my responsibility. Building young minds, developing their brains with critical and creative thoughts, growing future community members who get along and can problem solve- that’s what’s important to me. I hope I am a fine role model as a life-long learner for my students.