Philosophy of Education
I believe that the purpose of education is to foster a love of learning in order for students to become confident adults in the future. My goals center on this purpose. One of my goals, for the students that I will teach, is to learn about the students interests and connect these interests into the curriculum. I believe that a large part of teaching is about knowing your students and who they are. This goes along with my teaching style of building a community of learners in the classroom. Another goal of mine is to have respect for the students, their parents and co-workers. I have a strong belief that a good classroom is built upon mutual respect. Through my observations and student teaching experiences, once a student sees that they are respected by the teacher and peers they take a further interest in learning and become more engaged in the learning by taking risks. As far as discipline in the classroom goes, I believe in sitting down with a student, talking about their behavior and what they feel they could work on better. I am not a believer of taking away something from a student. I view children as confident young adults who should be treated the way that we would want to be treated, with a high amount of respect. As for my teaching styles, I believe in emergent curriculum. Children become interested in learning when they are given opportunities to generate their own questions about what they want to learn. Emergent curriculum provides endless opportunities for all types of play and numerous amounts of dialogue and exploration. Because standards are so present in the curriculum, through my student teaching experiences, I have seen how emergent curriculum works to meet both the students interests and the standards that we are required to meet. Diversity and tolerance are of great importance to me because I believe, at a young age, children are first introduced to respect and if they are taught to respect one another in a classroom then this respect will follow them through adulthood. Learning about cultures other than the childâ€™s can be rich in learning if it is presented in authentic ways. I believe that relationships with parents are important. During my student teaching experiences I was able to see how parents are an important part of a childâ€™s life. To build a working relationship with parents is essential to a classroom community. I believe that parents should be informed about their childâ€™s learning experiences and they should not feel like they can not speak to the teacher at any point if they have questions about how their child is doing.