My philosophy statement on education is that I believe every child is unique and needs a secure and caring environment in order to grow and develop. As a teacher, I will help children develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. A child matures in many ways including: emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. As a teacher, one of my goals is to provide an environment that makes students feel like school is their second home.
It is my belief, that children have many different learning styles and I would like to incorporate these multiple intelligences into my teaching. Howard Gardner viewed the intelligences as the capacity to solve problems, he envisioned nine intelligences.
Accordingly, I will try to identify these intelligences in my students, and exhibit what intelligence has the greatest effect on each individual student. In my classroom, there will be some who are logical, while other students who will be musically inclined. In order to identify children's strengths, I will and prepare lessons that address all learning styles.
A teacher's role is to guide, and provide access to information rather than act as a primary source for the students. In order to help children find answers to their questions, I will allow students to be involved with hand on activities and materials. According to my beliefs true knowledge in children occur better if they are taught through objects rather than words. One of my goals as a teacher is to encourage the love of learning in my students. I strongly believe that in order to make my children strong, I must be strong; I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children.
One of the key aspects of developmentally appropriate practice is assessing children's development and learning. As teachers, we want to make sure that we have a great deal of knowledge, skill and training.
I will include Bloom's Taxonomy in my lessons. It is important for a teacher to ask students questions about the lesson as well as for them to understand it. During a lesson, the students should be able to recall, describe, apply and judge. To target all the students, it is important to differentiate the instruction by allowing students to be a part of different learning groups.
It is important that teachers have respect for all students. One way that children can develop a deep love and respect for teachers, is by showing a level of mutual respect towards each other. Students should always feel that their opinions are heard and taken into perspective. They should be free to express themselves. Where there is flexible grouping involved, students see an opportunity to learn. "Researchers report that, regardless of the subject matter, students working in small groups tend to learn more of what is taught and retain it longer than when the same content is presented in other instructional formats" ( Davis 1992 pg 1). "Flexible Grouping focuses on precisely what students need to learn next to move forward. Ongoing observation combined with systematic assessment enables the teacher to draw together different groups of students who fit a particular instructional style. The teacher's goal is to match the difficulty of the material with the student's current abilities; preparing material that is ''just right" for each student".
In addition, class meetings are one way to encourage students' self-esteem because it gives them a chance to know other classmates better. I strongly believe that students have a greater respect for their teachers and classmates, when they feel safe in the environment. Every student should be appreciated for what they do. Children have taught me to open my mind and my heart to the joys, the innocence, and the ideas in the world.
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