Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Teaching Philosophy

Each student needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. As a educator, I desire to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, support risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) teacher act as a guide, (2) allowing child to self direct learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people. When the teacher’s role is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information, the students has to search for knowledge to find answers to their questions. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for them and practice skills in authentic situations. Providing students access to hand-on activities creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur.
            Self-discovery is important to have the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one’s life and interests. Developing a curriculum around student can intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. As a teacher, we have ensured that students get the chances to generate their ideas. When students have ownership in the curriculum, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals.
            As a teacher, I have to teach them well and let them lead the way to experience their life. My role as a teacher is to give children the tools with which to cultivate their own gardens and knowledge. To make sure that students can reach their goal, I will teach the needs of child so that all learners can feel capable and successful. The curriculum must involve the interests of the children and makes learning relevant to life. I will incorporate themes, integrated units, projects, group work, individual work, and hands-on learning in order to make children active learners. Finally, I will tie learning into the world community to help children become caring and active members of society.
            Role of teacher not just limited in teaching but we have to show them all the beauty they posses inside and give them a sense of pride. I want to put my classroom in caring, safe, and equitable environment where each student can blossom and grow. I will allow children to become responsible members of our classroom community by using strategies such as class meetings, positive discipline, and democratic principles. In showing how to become responsible for themselves as well as their own learning, I am giving them the tools to become successful in life, to believe in them, and to love themselves.