My Philosophy of Education

Children should be given the chance to explore, use their natural sense of curiosity, plus put their energy and desire to learn to good use. A classroom should be set up so children can move around, participate in activities that are hands on and offer some degree of challenge. Activities should build off each other and allow children to build off their previous experiences.  And as a teacher it is necessary to scaffold and guide them through their learning.

Giving children areas where they are able to participate in groups, or explore on their own, will build a child’s self-confidence by allowing for personal choices and decision making. Children need to socialize and interact with others. A child who has positive social contact with others of various ages, genders, cultures, abilities, interests, as well as ethnic, racial and social classes will become a more open-minded adult. This type of environment will make children more comfortable when they are outside of class and exposed to the multicultural society in which they will grow up in.

Children also need a space to think and reflect on things, an area where they can sit quietly to read, write, draw, and/or think. Here they can unwind, digest, sort and process all the information they take in on a daily basis. Though it is important to respect their personal learning styles, I feel it is the teacher’s responsibility to make sure they experience and participate in a variety of learning styles. Ideas like working in groups or alone will expose students to different ways to solve a singular problem. The child will learn social skills that will cover a range of situations and know it is sometimes good to find a quiet place to study and reflect. Exposure to different styles will show them there isn’t only one learning style. Giving them a strong start on their journey to be confident and active in our global community.

Education should offer children a chance to learn about themselves. What are their interests? What are their strengths? What do they have to offer society? What does society have to offer them? These are a few questions that students should be able to answer with a positive experience in education. I feel that an education should offer students an environment that will foster academic, personal and social growth. Students should be guided through life experiences. Schools offer a unique setting that can help students build academic and social skills which will be used throughout their lives. Education should involve real world situations and students should build their schemes from these lessons.

I believe it is the responsibility of our schools to expose students to different ideas, concepts, and theories. A positive education will show students a variety of different cultures and beliefs, as well as demonstrate that there is more than one way to accomplish a goal. Students will understand that everything is a learning experience, good or bad, and it’s how you handle the experience is the important thing. It’s these life-experiences that will give students examples to look back on and allow them to adapt to new situations more smoothly.

Teachers and students need to work together. A teacher needs to know their students, bring an understanding of learning styles, experiences, compassion, creativity, and be a guide. Teachers need to offer assistance to students, when needed, but they also must challenge students to go beyond their comfort zone. Students need to get involved in their learning. They need to listen to the guidance and experiences of their teacher. Students have to stay open-minded, try new experiences, and take an active role in their learning. Both, teacher and student should be willing to offer and listen to each other’s ideas. There needs to be mutual agreement that everyone will make school an environment that offers a comfortable, safe and fun place to learn.

These expectations can only happen if everyone feels comfortable. Each classroom member needs to accept each other, and themselves, for who they are. There needs to be mutual agreement that everyone will listen and only offer constructive criticism. A classroom needs to be a place for growth and each member needs to help the other to grow. I feel the classroom is a community that can model the real world. Students must learn in the classroom, as in the real world, there are others who hold different views, customs, beliefs, and culture. I believe the classroom is a good place to teach them that even if they don’t agree with someone, they need to respect their thoughts and opinions.

A teacher should be a positive role model for his or her students. Showing high morals, a strong sense of right and wrong, honesty, respectfulness, being open-minded, helpful, trustworthy, decisive, spontaneous, flexible, to name only a few. These qualities describe the ever-changing situations the teacher will experience. I believe that a good teacher should be willing to alter their curriculum to fit the abilities of the students. They must expect the unexpected and go with the flow. A teacher must set the standards for the class to follow and show that the rules and responsibilities apply to everyone equally, including you. To gain and keep the respect of one’s students, a teacher must set the bar high and live up to their student’s expectations. Including, being honest if you make a mistake. A teacher must lead by example.