My Philosophy Statement

 


     I believe each child is a unique individual who is entitled to an education that fosters their success. Children should be provided with a caring and supportive environment for learning, giving them the best opportunities for growth. All learning environments should be free from harm while making children feel safe and comfortable. It is the responsibility of a teacher to put their philosophical beliefs into actions in the classroom and to build a community of learners with both their students and parents.

     All children have the ability to learn. It is our responsibility as educators to help children to succeed academically, but it is equally important that we help them develop the skills they need to become active citizens and make change in our world. Students are our future and are to be valued as important citizens of our society who have unique interests and ideas. In helping them develop into productive citizens, students should be provided with the materials they need to grow and given ample opportunities to explore and discover.

On this educational journey, a teacher's primary role is to facilitate their students' learning and provide them with the best chance at success. Children learn best through a balance of both teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. There are times when teachers need to use direct instruction, but in these instances children should never be deprived of communicating their opinions. Along with giving students instruction it is an educator's responsibility to provide them with timely feedback on their progress. A variety of assessments must be used in order to gain the best understanding of each individual child and help them develop to their full potential. In assessing child progress, natural forms of assessment are most successful in providing ongoing evidence of where each child lies in regards to the typical range of development. It is a teacher's responsibility to then use those observations to foster to the needs of each individual child.

     Children are naturally engaged in hands-on learning that allows for them to construct knowledge and practice the skills they are taught while teachers serve to guide them. Children are curious individuals and are supported through their self-discovery. When lessons are taught and practiced frequently through use of many forms of learning, children are better able to retain the information and remember it for future use. That is why using a variety of teaching methods such as large group, small group, and individual work is essential in a classroom. Not only should students learn through school experiences, but they should be given real-life experiences as well. Providing students with field trips is a way to help broaden their minds and think about connecting everyday learning experiences to the world around them.

As students develop and learn through their exploration and educational opportunities, they are filled with so much knowledge. Throughout life our students are not only responsible for knowing basic arithmetic, but it is just as important that they attain certain life skills and practice good moral behavior. For students to be taught these things, they must have positive adult role models to look after. Teachers should imitate how they believe their students should act and communicate it through the establishment of classroom rules and procedures. Life skills and moral behavior should be practiced regularly so students become familiar with how to act in certain situations.

     In order to have a room where this kind of learning takes place, the classroom environment must be appropriate. It should be a warm and positive learning environment where students feel safe. Appropriately sized furniture and appliances help in making the children feel comfortable, and organized materials help the children stay free from harm. The use of centers throughout the room is helpful with organization and allows the students to transition nicely from one activity to the next. In these centers, having natural light and filling the walls with objects that provide stimulation is essential in making the classroom feel like a learning environment. One of the most important components of a classroom is providing diversity in wall objects, pictures, and materials. To create a classroom that forms a community of learners, all students must feel welcomed.

     Through creating a education system of high quality, we can support the needs of our children. When schools put into practice their thoughtful and well-configured teaching beliefs and dedicate all of their time to supporting children's developmental growth, they are providing a quality service to parents and their children. Focus should not be directed solely on the students though, because to form a community of learners family involvement needs to be encouraged as well. Families provide students with a foundation for learning and it is important they form a partnership with schools so they can work side-by-side to guide students on their educational journey. Every child needs to be given the best chance at success. Schools have one of the greatest impacts on their students' success and should serve to provide them with as many learning opportunities as they need to grow and prosper. Through hiring competent teachers who are willing to explore new ideas and are flexible in meeting the needs of each individual child, schools of high quality can be cultivated.

     Teaching provides an opportunity to make a difference in many children's lives. I hope to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my passion of teaching with them. I will guide them along their educational journey, giving them the tools they need to be successful. In doing this, my actions in the classroom will be a reflection of my teaching beliefs. By making the environment comfortable, providing assessments on a regular basis, and valuing each student as a unique individual, I will be able to foster the needs of all children and give them the best chance at success in their educational journey.