I believe that every child is a unique individual. Students require secure, caring, and stimulating environments in which they are encouraged to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites the sharing of all ideas. I believe there are three main elements necessary to establishing such an environment: (1) The teacher must acting as a guide and facilitator.
(2) The students' natural curiosity should direct learning.
(3) Teachers and students should work together to promoting respect.
When the teacher's role is to guide and facilitate they providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source for information. The students' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions my constructing their own meaning. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations. Providing students access to hands-on activities reinforces the lesson being studied and creates an opportunity for individual discovery, leading to higher levels of intrinsic motivation and eventually mastery.
Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment occurs through the open sharing of ideas and a mutual respect within classroom discipline. When the voice of each student is heard, and an environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves, students will create ownership. Class meetings are one way to encourage positive dialogue. I believe children have greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and know what is expected of them.
For myself, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes, as an educator, is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I also wish to bring hope to those who just need someone to reach out to them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited and motivated, about working with children. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and is sensitive to individual needs. I am such a person and will strive to be the best educator that I can be.