My philosophy of teaching is that “I believe all children can learn and want to learn. How much they learn depends a lot on the effectiveness of their teacher and whether or not they can accept the responsibility to do the best they can.”
My philosophy has evolved from my work in the classroom and a particular professor in my ungraduated work that pointed out all the different perspectives children bring into the classroom and from my own childhood. I want to welcome all of these into my room.
Here are some of the things I believe and instill in my classroom:
·Learning is a life-long pursuit- for teachers as well as students. We need to teach students to learn to learn.
·A passion for learning is infectious.
·All students can learn. If they are not learning the way we teach, then we must teach the way they learn.
·We need to create a classroom environment conducive to learning, one in which students are free to take risks and to learn from their “failures”.
·Teachers teach students, not subjects. If teachers do not like children or teens, then they are in the wrong profession.
·Teachers teach by example, not just by formal instruction. Like it or not teachers are the role models.
·If teachers are to be regarded as professionals, then the must act their part. Professionals do not punch time clocks, and they are not complacent with their work; they seek continual improvement.
As John Dewey says,
“We learn by doing if we reflect on what we have done."