Bachelor of Education
- Enrolled in the iTeach Laptop Learning program
- Education of Native Canadians option course
“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” (Karl Menninger)
My philosophy towards teaching has been influenced by my personal experiences as a student and by the many interactions I have had with children in both professional and volunteer positions. These personal experiences have brought into focus one strong idea: teachers do not simply teach material. Rather, teachers are role models who inspire. This perspective forms the foundation of my personal philosophy of education.
As an educator, I am a role model. It is my job to encourage children to become caring and contributing members of society. This goes beyond simply teaching them literacy and numeracy; reciting lessons verbatim year after year. Being a role model means maintaining a high degree of professionalism by ensuring that mannerisms, behaviours, conduct, and attire all serve to convey a certain persona. Maintaining professionalism means embracing a lifestyle that is a strong model from which students may choose to pattern their own lives. Because teachers so often live in the communities in which they teach, this persona is not “left at the door” when the school day is done. Instead, it is one to adhere to in all walks of life - community events, weekend activities, extra-curriculars, and during day-to-day errands. I believe in living up to your word. As a teacher, that means I believe in being the person I want all of my students to become – someone who is responsible, honest, kind, and a productive member of society.
Beyond modeling for my students, I also feel that it is a teachers’ job to go beyond covering curriculum expectations. A successful teacher is one who can inspire his or her students to want to learn, explore, and grow as people. Acting as a facilitator, or “guide on the side”, is an ideal way to promote hands-on, interactive, experiential, and engaging learning - learning that students can jump into with both feet and truly experience. I believe in connecting curriculum content to the students’ real lives and personal interests. In my experience, students are more engaged and more inspired to participate and succeed when their own interests and strengths are incorporated into a lesson or assessment. As a teacher, I believe in inspiring my students. That is, giving them the tools to question, investigate, explore, and discuss critically. After all, these skills fuel learning and understanding both inside and outside the classroom.
Assessing student success should be done through a variety of strategies, including formative and summative assessments using a range of recording devices that best suit a given curricular expectation and the students’ learning styles.
My philosophical statement on education, then, is that as a teacher, I believe in maintaining professionalism, leading by example, catering to each student’s unique learning style, and striving to inspire students. I make these claims based on conclusions made from personal experiences, which suggest that students who respect their teachers, are comfortable with their teachers, believe in their own abilities, and are driven to succeed are well on their way to academic achievement as well as personal fulfillment.
Mrs. Tracy Sutherland, Associate Teacher
Agnes Taylor Public School
80 Beech Street
Brampton, ON L6Z 1V6
Phone: (905) 451-2531 (work), (647) 296-1032 (cellular), (905) 846-1401 (home)
Mrs. Kathy Brophy, Practicum Supervisor
University of Guelph – Child, Youth, and Family
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
Phone: (519) 824 – 4120, ext. 52412 (work)
Mrs. Wendy Messier, Associate Teacher
Queen Street Public School
50 Academic Drive
Phone: (905) 455-6144 (work), (416) 592-0759 (cellular), (289) 891-9373 (home)
Miss. Tanya Murphy, Executive Director
Yellowknife Montessori School
5212 52nd Street
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2T9
Phone: (867) 669-7987 (work)
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