Philosophy of Education

Toothless Smiles Grade 1.2

Children come with several talents, individual cultural backgrounds and learning needs. For this, all students should have the opportunity to be leaders, and teachers. They should see themselves in their daily lessons and activities as to make instruction meaningful and authentic. This is the teacher’s role to guide learners to share knowledge, coordinate learning and curriculum, and share and discuss with children what the roles are of the classroom. Learning is simply sharing information and knowledge, sharing with teachers, and sharing with students in an organized way. The goal of sharing this knowledge should be to prepare students to enter the world, and be successful with whatever path they may choose. Teachers may need to teach values alongside academics, or academics alongside the values. It is also the teacher’s job to work with families, and make sure the student is well-balanced socially, academically, emotionally, etc.

Students need an education full of art, physical education, music, and drama instruction, as well as the core curriculum to develop healthily and successfully as lifelong learners and contributors to society. I believe that it is necessary in the classroom even if it is not available within the school community. In addition to the roles described above, it is a teacher’s job to make sure that students are receiving a balanced instruction across the curriculum, and one would find a way to integrate these subjects so students could become well-rounded and practice any kind of special talent.

All students learn differently. Some have visual learning systems, and others have audio learning systems. Students learn through the use of one, or many, different intelligences, as well. This means that the teacher’s role is to understand the learning needs of each of the students, design instruction around these needs/talents, and to assess student and teacher performance based on the effectiveness of instruction. Instruction should be integrated to help create a full picture for students, and methods such as small group work, pair work, guest speakers, drama productions, graphic organizers, literature circles, journaling, etc. should be employed (with direct instruction as well) to reach various types of learners.

In today’s world, communities are becoming more diverse, global and digital.  For this reason, emphasized in my classroom will be two, very important, imbedded ideas in the curriculum. I believe it is necessary to communicate fact that we are part of a larger community than just our neighborhood, but the world. I want my students to think globally, and to realize the need to be able to communicate across cultures and languages. We are also diverse on the level of learners, of ethnicities, of neighborhoods, etc. I would like children to know that we becoming more accepting of differences, and we can work together even with the presence of differences. Lastly, I must emphasize the use of technology in learning. Students are required to use and learn from digital platforms that make up the world around them. Those platforms should be used in class, strategically and thoughtfully by teachers  to best support their students’ learning. It is the teacher’s role to think critically about technology’s role and tools that will further students’ understanding. In this way, I believe that teachers must prepare our 21st century learners for the global, diverse and technological world that they will interact with outside of our classrooms.

I understand classrooms run well when students feel as if they have ownership of their actions, decisions, and play important roles in their learning environment. I know it is possible for students to handle this role with the guidance of the teacher, and to participate successfully in conflict resolution through a system of creating a Classroom Agreement and Classroom Meetings on the first day of school. Each of these strategies, when followed consistently by the teacher, allow students’ input and participation. They realize that they are important, can manage themselves and the room, and all teachers and learners can be successful if that happens. Again, it is the teacher’s role to set these learners up for success under such a management plan. It is also the teacher’s role to recognize when this plan is not supportive enough for students, and to employ unique plans for individuals, with their input,so they can be pro-active in their learning and self-management.

Tug-of-War Grade 1.2

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