Because of this, I will never forget how to smile with the new, cherish the old, and laugh with the children.
"A teaching (philosophy) statement is a purposeful and reflective essay about the author’s teaching beliefs and practices.
I believe children have greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them.
In setting fair and consistent rules initially and stating the importance of every activity, students are shown respect for their presence and time.
There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her 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' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions.One way to take learning in a direction relevant to student interest is to invite student dialogue about the lessons and units of study.Given the opportunity for input, students generate ideas and set goals that make for much richer activities than I could have created or imagined myself.To accomplish this goal, I will teach to the needs of each child so that all learners can feel capable and successful.I will present curriculum that involves the interests of the children and makes learning relevant to life.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 sensitive to their individual needs.I am such a person and will always strive to be the best educator that I can be. I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world.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 and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being studied creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur.I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially.It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.