My education philosophy is based on 4 critical beliefs I have about what teaching and education truly mean to me as the teacher and to my students. These beliefs stem from my experiences within schools and what knowledge I have gained during ECS 100.
My philosophy begins with the belief that all learning is done through collaboration. The classroom is a community, with unique individuals and perspectives that when are all shared and respected become a fantastic stage to learn from. When teaching I think it’s important to learn from the students that surround you and have the students learn from not only you as the teacher, but their peers and their own history.
Teaching and learning are active, engaging, and messy. Sometimes when you imagine the perfect lesson the students aren’t misbehaving and the comprehend all the information you presented. When teaching becoming active in the learning process and having students engage in learning is more important than presenting “all the information”. Not always does the lesson go as planned and compromising and adapting to your students, is most important I believe. My greatest learning was done unexpectedly and unplanned, which is okay.
As a future teacher, one of my biggest goals in my classroom is to intrigue curiosity and inspire creativity. As a student becoming interested in the topic, creates the ability to want to learn. Individuality is an important part of realizing that each person has different strengths and weaknesses, as a teacher it’s important to accentuate these and let students have the choice in what they pursue. Assisting the students in finding interest in things they once may not have, is one of the strongest abilities and philosophies I want to strive towards as an educator.
My final philosophy is based on becoming a reflective teacher and looking at what I can always do better. Learning and growing my practices as an educator I feel is most important. Teaching is a forever changing and adapting profession and making sure that you continue to grow alongside it will assist greatly in becoming a stronger and well-versed educator. Always looking for new solutions and continuing to adapt to the class and students is important, because not everything works for everyone.