My Teaching Philosophy
A teacher should be a leader and lifetime learner.
A teacher should strive to be an instructional leader. This is done by setting high goals for students, planning with a purpose, creating and maintaining a positive environment, encouraging mistakes and creative thinking, reflecting on the school day, working hard and demonstrating devotion, and continuously educating oneself. A teacher should be seen as a guide or coach, always there to help the students towards success. Education does not stop as a teacher. An effective teacher reflects on a daily basis and continuously seeks out ways to become better.
A classroom should be treated as a community.
In a healthy classroom environment students understand that we are all here to help one another become great. A teacher should be able to do inspire, motivate, and increase confidence in their students. Let them know, “We can do this, no matter what!” Encourage creative thinking. Tell them, “There are no mistakes just opportunities to grow!”
A healthy classroom environment goes hand in hand with classroom management. Part of promoting a healthy classroom environment is to communicate expectations regarding learning, achievement, and social behavior. Knowing that everyone is following the same rules and procedures and that there are consequences for negative behavior, produces that safe environment children look for.
Effective teachers manage their classroom, not discipline them.
Classroom management is the most important factor in student learning. It means to keep students actively engaged in meaningful activities thus minimizing the opportunities for off-task and/or inappropriate behaviors and maximizing the potential for learning. It involves more than just the teacher and the students. It includes everything that promotes student involvement and cooperation and establishes a productive working environment. This includes the organization of students, space, time, and materials.
A successful teacher always has his/her students actively engaged at all times. This means preparations are made in advanced for transitions between subjects and the different times students will complete independent work. This can be as simple as a morning message that includes a “Do Now” activity. The sooner this is implemented the better. Start on the first day of school.
Every student should have the opportunity to succeed.
A teacher is responsible for the success of all students. If a child does not understand something it our responsibility to find a strategy that will help that student understand. The more ways a teacher is prepared to explain a lesson the more likely the majority will comprehend it. It is extremely important to let the students discover their own learning and find real life connections as this will make the information more meaningful to the student.
I have become extremely fond of Whole Brain Teaching. It is an approach that includes visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. Using certain prompts, the teacher is able to say and gesture meanings to words, phrases, and classroom rules procedures. It includes different instructional strategies, a variation of active participation strategies, and a reinforcement of classroom rules and procedures. It is a great way to get all types of learners actively engaged within the classroom.
Assessments should be done for students not to them.
Assessments should not be used to see how a student performs but rather should be an integral part of instruction. It should be used to inform and guide teachers as they make instructional decisions. The main purpose should be to monitor students’ progress and evaluate their achievement. I believe in using diagnostic assessments such as a word splash activity, journal response, and student surveys. Additionally, formative assessments are an excellent way to provide me with further feedback regarding teaching and improving learning.
Learning encompasses more than just the teacher and classroom.
Working with parents, faculty, and administrators is a key part to helping our students succeed. Parents need to be aware of their child’s educational goals and expectations. Communications and/or updates should be sent to them regularly regarding new units, possible strategies to use at home, positive and negative behaviors. The first communication should never be about a student’s negative behavior but rather an introduction in the beginning of the school year. Additionally, a teacher should also contact parents when their child has done something exceptional in class. This builds a good rapport between the parent and teacher and boosts the confidence of the student.
Team curriculum planning with other colleagues is also essential. It will ensure a partnership in teaching. Colleagues can share different ideas and strategies to help each other succeed as a whole. In doing so, it also promotes a positive learning environment.
Teaching is a lifelong learning process and I hope to learn more from parents, colleagues, the community, and especially the students. I will always try to be the best educator, leader, and lifetime learner I can be and teach with my students in mind.
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Certified K-6 Teacher