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Philosophy of Education

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was,

sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove … but the world may be a

different place because I was important in the life of a child.” ~A. Unknown

 Students (no matter the age) need nurturing and support. Both of my parents were teachers and continue to be great role models! I have subsequently focused my teaching career on being a model to my students of what a life-long learner really is. It is essential that the classroom support provides a sense of security and regularity for them. Just as Abraham Maslow identified the basic human needs of shelter, food, security, and acceptance, learners must have their needs met before they can bring any measure of focused intelligence, creativity, motivation, or enthusiasm to the task of learning. These needs can be in the form of modeled learning and study skills and a positive, student-centered approach to academics – especially when learning to read.

In addition to a stable and supportive environment, the teacher needs to be able to provide her students with excellent academics, and she needs a working knowledge of learning theory. For example, the teacher will need to be aware of her various students’ learning styles and incorporate accommodations when possible, using information from sources such as Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. Academic material can be presented to the entire class when that is the appropriate delivery vehicle; however, students also need individual attention. As students start to work with the information given—for instance, brainstorming some possible essay ideas in response to a reading and a prompt—the teacher can work with small groups and individuals to ascertain which students need additional assistance in understanding the assignment and which need guided questions to develop their ideas into early drafts.

Seeing that growing appreciation for the learning process is one of the greatest rewards of teaching! Nothing is better than that look of pride over an essay that’s been through the writing process, and now the student is turning it in with great confidence, exclaims “Wait till you read this!” Or, similarly, imagine the pride of the teacher who spies one of her students, sitting under a tree at lunch, reading the novel she recommended, or color-coding her notes for an upcoming quiz. I love it when my passion for reading and learning results in a student’s joy in learning! That, for me, is what teaching is all about.

My philosophy of education is simple - every student has the ability to read and learn when given the correct instructional approach. Education settings should be where all students have the ability to learn in a FUN environment where they are the most capable of reaching their highest potential. With every style of learning in the classroom, the students should feel comfortable and have fun while learning at the same time. The best environment would be a place where all students are included, learn, live, laugh, and strive to be the best that they can be.