Philosophy of Education
"There is a brilliant child locked inside every student." ~~Marva Collins
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery... You can teach a lesson for a day, but if you teach curiosity, you teach for a lifetime...” (Anonymous)
Every student comes from a different family dynamic, ethnic background, education level, and have various, preferred learning styles.
Therefore, as an educator, I would work hard to learn about my students' interests and their background and use this information when
preparing for lesson plans and units. I believe that it is important to differentiate teaching strategies in the curricula in order to meet
these standards. I believe this is important because bringing in the students' background into the curriculum will help create effective and
powerful lesson plans. Students will be more inclined to participate if there is community and family involvement in the classroom and the
lessons are geared towards their interests and needs. For instance, an educator may learn that ninety percent of her students own pets. An
educator may use this fact to develop an integrated theme unit. For example, in English, they may write a story about their pet or a pet they
would like to have. In math, the class can work together to create a graph on what kind and how many pets they have or would like to have.
Inviting parents or guardians to volunteer in the classroom or even be guest speakers allows for more of a community involvement in the
classroom. I believe that these activities would increase students involvement in the lessons and activities and encourage parents to be part
of their child’s education.