Philosophy of Education
I teach because it is a small but real way to change the world. It may sound cliché, but I strive to make a difference in the world, and as a teacher, I can make a difference in a child’s life. Teaching allows me to work on hearts and minds, to guide young people in becoming empowered, literate, engaged, creative, liberated human beings who want to join in this effort to change the world. I believe that people are inherently good and that all children are capable and want to learn.
My philosophy of education will be ever changing as I grow as an educator. Different circumstances and experiences will shape my beliefs and alter them over time. I will remain open to this process and always seek to better myself. However, there are core fundamentals in which I am certain of.
I believe that fostering a genuine love of learning in the early years will aid in future academic success and success through life. It is my role as a teacher to develop children’s natural curiosity and help them become confident learners. I know that I will never be finished learning and I still try to experience and absorb as much as I can. As a teacher, I can learn alongside my students everyday. They can teach me about cultures, abilities, and perspectives.
I believe that literacy is a powerful tool and early literacy skills are crucial. Literacy is not just about reading in school; literacy skills are life skills. Helping students learn to think for themselves and express their thoughts will open so many doors and help students realize their potential.
My goal as a primary teacher is to instill in my students strong literacy skills and a love of learning. I will do so by:
1) Creating a classroom environment that is engaging and literacy rich. A classroom full of energy and excitement is a positive space for students to learn
2) Working with families to extend literacy and learning beyond the classroom. As well as, encouraging parents to be involved in learning and show students that learning does not happen only at school.
I believe that students are unique individuals, each with their own strengths and gifts to offer. As an educator, I will not simply be teaching young people; the relationships I build with their families and communities are also important. Students are greatly influenced by their homes and environments outside of school, so I must also interact with these elements if I am to understand my students fully.
My commitment to inclusive education will be a career-long journey and work in progress. All students learn and express themselves in diverse ways so I must mirror this diversity. If they cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach in a way that helps them learn. To me, inclusive education means creating a fair environment in which all students feel safe and receive the tools they need to succeed. Part of teaching in a fair and equitable manner is assessing in the same way. I will strive for the same commitment in my assessment of student learning; understanding that students may demonstrate their knowledge in alternative and original ways.