Philosophy of Education
A solid education helps form individuals into independent thinkers, respectful and responsible global citizens, strong moral characters and life-long learners. It is the teacher’s role to nurture, encourage and enrich students’ minds to empower them to reach their maximum potential. There are three areas that I believe are conducive in helping a teacher provide the best education possible: 1) collaborative relationships with the student and family, 2) inclusive, diverse classroom activities, and 3) providing a safe, healthy environment.
“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is important to enjoy students and to build trusting relationships with them. Positive reinforcement and teacher encouragement are key elements for a successful learning environment. Not only that, but a teacher must appreciate each student, understand what makes him or her “tick,” and discover what knowledge and experience the student brings to the classroom. A teacher should be aware of his or her student’s emotional, spiritual, physical, and social development and well-being. Knowing a student assists a teacher in tailoring the curriculum to every individual. To help with this understanding, the teacher should view parents as a part of an educational partnership and engage in ongoing communication with them.
“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” ~ C.S. Lewis
“I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.” –Confucius
Equally important to student/parent relationships is student inclusion through practices such as alternative assessments and differentiated lesson planning which appeals to different learning styles. In order to meet all the needs in a classroom, different methods of teaching should take place. Student-centered activities are vital for reaching every student, in addition to active learning. Teachers should provide opportunities to empower students to become critical thinkers. Student involvement and student connections are the keys to student motivation. Use of cooperative learning activities, integration of technology, as well as guided individual instruction are other modes of authentic learning that reaches every child. In addition to this, teachers should incorporate ongoing assessment in order to see that students are learning. In order to facilitate learning, rubrics and opportunities to self-evaluate are important in student learning.
Lastly, having a safe and healthy environment is truly important for education. First, clear classroom expectations and classroom management is essential in maintaining a safe environment. Students should feel comfortable to learn, take risks and grow in class. An open sharing of ideas and judicious approach to discipline is necessary. Every student should be heard and appreciated in the classroom. Bullying and teasing should not be tolerated and a no-tolerance attitude should be transmitted from day one. A happy student is a learning student.
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
For myself, teaching provides me with a continued opportunity to learn and grow. My goal is always to share my passion for learning and to never let a student leave without taking something positive away. In the education field, there is a need for a positive, passionate, caring teacher and I feel I meet all the criteria.