Philosophy of Education
Education is employing learned knowledge into daily life. Teachers are guides and not authoritarian figures. A strong classroom environment will help children foster their own natural curiosity. I believe that the two greatest issues of importance in a successful classroom are methods of teaching and enforcing respect for self and others.
Students will be treated as individuals. Employing creativity in my lesson delivery will cover the range of learning styles present in the classroom. Consistently using examples from past lessons will aid in building knowledge in a sequential pattern. Whenever possible, I will use a hands on approach to my lessons. Guiding children to become active learners will promote intrinsic motivation.
Respectful behavior is of the utmost importance in building a thriving society. Respect is born of the home and of the school environment. I will have a set of clearly defined rules in place at the beginning of the school year. Standing strong in enforcing these rules is necessary to gain and keep my students' respect. Disrespectful behavior must be dealt with immediately and accordingly with the pre-defined expectations of the classroom. If the maturity level allows, occasional class “meetings” will be held. This will allow students to share their feelings in an equalizing environment. When students have ownership in defining personal and classroom goals, they are motivated to hold themselves to a higher standard.
Education is the foundation from which great individuals are born. It is necessary to teach on an individualized level to each child in your class. Utilizing creativity will offer every child a way to retain information. Effective teaching methods promote good behavior. As educators, we are responsible for book knowledge as well as life skills knowledge. Respect is the greatest of life skills to be learned. My classroom will yield eager children, ready for the next step in their life educational experiences.