My desire to teach is deeply rooted in my passion for education and lifelong learning in both being able to educate and in return to also be educated by the experiences that I encounter. In the words of Nelson Mandela I truly believe that “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world “.
I have decided to enter the teaching profession, as positive educational experiences were an integral asset to my personal development. The best teachers I have had have shared similar qualities: they kept me engaged and interested in the material, they taught material in such a way that gave it meaning in the world outside of the classroom and they used inclusive strategies to navigate through difficult topics and subjects allowing me to tackle it at my own pace making me feel as if they cared about me, not as merely a student but as a person. These educators have influenced how I would like to continue to nurture my own philosophy around education and teaching practices.
In the fast-paced and ever-changing world we live in children must now be equipped with a set of tools and knowledge to make sense of their surroundings. As a teacher you have the ability to provide understanding and critical thinking as well as lead children on creative pathways to explore and discover. Education is no longer perceived as linear but more as a complex web of teaching and learning. It is my personal belief that that the ultimate intention or goal of schooling is to provide students with the appropriate tools and motivation for them to continue their learning journey, contribute to their community and lead fulfilling lives. This is closely combined with the development of critical thinking skills in order for students to be able to make meaning of the multitude of perspectives and issues that encompass our global community.