These are the fundamental points of my current teaching philosophy after my first year as a teacher. This philosophy will be continuously modified and adapted over time as I continue to develop personally and professionally as a teacher.
Incorporating multiculturalism in the classroom:
I believe that in New Zealand we need to respect Māori as tangata whenua of our country and this heritage needs to be acknowledged as well as the culture and tikanga treasured. It is evident however, that New Zealand is quickly becoming a multicultural nation and we need to embrace and celebrate our diversity. A classroom setting is the perfect foundation for the next generation to build an understanding of acceptance and appreciation of one another’s cultures.
Critical Reflective Practice:
I believe that to be an effective teacher I need to ensure that I am constantly critically reflecting upon my teaching practice, analysing the positive elements of the lesson as well as identifying potential for improvement. My reflective practice has been recognised during my final practicum “her reflective practice was superb and Juliana took every opportunity to reflect and improve” (Clare Humphreys-Grey, principal Opoutere School).
I believe that relationships with students, whānau, hapu, iwi and other teachers are a fundamental component to success within the teaching profession. Genuine relationships with learners helps us to understand and appropriately cater to their specific individual needs. I need to ensure that I can create relationships with students and whānau so that they feel comfortable and relaxed enough to express themselves and well as develop mutual respect. A strong relationship with the surrounding community ensures they are a part of the learners journey and together we can strive to achieve community success. I also need to establish strong relationships with my colleges so we are able to work collaboratively to achieve a common goal of student achievement.
I believe that every student brings their own individuality, their personal abilities and also struggles to the classroom environment. As a teacher I would endeavour to acknowledge these elements, and determine how I will best create an environment that will appropriately accept and maximise each learners’ individual potential. This will create an environment in which students will feel safe and confident to express themselves without fear of judgment.
I believe technology is a fundamental part of todays constantly changing society, where students are continuously exposed to different forms of technology in their everyday lives. Therefore as educators we need to ensure that we are able to maximise the potential of technology to support student achievement. We need to ensure that students are empowered in a digital world as well as being aware of the possible risks involved.
I believe that teaching should be relevant and applicable to the learners’ worlds. I aspire to create a fun learning environment that engages students’ and inspires a sense of wonderment and awe of the world around them.