My Philosophy of Education
“The future is yours!” This is what I believe, and is what I want my students to believe. As a progressive educator believing that education should start with the student and not the subject, my classroom and educational centers are based around this philosophy of education. Education is the start of everything in life. I want to be a part of the reason my students succeed, and teach them that it’s possible to do whatever they want to do if they put their mind to it. As a teacher, I would help children find interest in school and how important it is. Since I was little I, Shawnee Storm, have always wanted to be a teacher. I loved school and all the teachers I had; therefore, this is why I decided to go to school to become an elementary teacher. As I go through my college education doing observations and field hours, I have discovered I love watching children learn and being there when they finally understand. I believe this is the best feeling in the world, and it makes all the work and preparations worth it as a teacher. As a teacher, I will be in this profession for all the right reasons; thus, children will get a proper education.
As a school, the main purpose is to prepare students for a successful future. Elementary school educational goals are identified by state benchmarks required of every student to ensure their success. This is through observations done by myself to make sure all of my students are getting the knowledge they need to get. I observe this through time tested and educational centers to monitor their progress. It is important that at every educational milestone, the students are learning what they need to learn. Education is their building blocks. When a child’s tower is missing a block, it’s hard to keep building their tower without it falling. The falling of the tower would represent the child failing in their education; therefore, the school must provide quality teachers at each level to ensure each student can be successful. For example if a student goes to second and third grade without knowing how to subtract then the students will be unable to learn how to multiply. This is why as a teacher I will make sure my students can do all the skill they need to be able to do before letting them move on. Being that quality teacher is my goal.
For students to be successful it is important that they work together with their teacher. As a progressive teacher I want my students to know what my duties are and what their duties are. If we all do what we need to do, then we will have a successful and progressive school year. As a teacher I want my students to know that I am here to teach them those skills they need to know. I want my students to know at any point throughout the year, if they have any trouble with school or anything else, they can always talk to me. I want them to know that we are a team, and I want them to be successful and progressive in the work they do. The student is then responsible for trying to do the work themselves, but if they don’t understand it, then they should come to me for help. I will also be looking for understanding in a student’s work, and if I see a student who is struggling, I will approach that student and help them. When all these roles are played by every member of the team, every student in my class will succeed and the future is theirs.
When a student succeeds, the future is truly theirs because they have the confidence they need; thus my job is complete. I believe it is important for students to know life lessons. Life lessons are a very important part of early educational years. These lessons contain the basic skills to be successful in life. As I teach new subject content I will relate, for the students, to life and where they may use this content. I will then use those life lessons in learning centers so they can discover themself how to use resources available to them to find answers. My curriculum for each lesson will incorporate lessons related to life so the students can see when they would use the skills taught. In my classroom I will progressively relate the common core curriculum in each lesson that I perform, so the students understand why it’s important to know this information.
For a student to understand the material I am teaching, it’s important that the classroom is set up in a learning friendly way. I know that every group of students is different; thus, each center in my classroom will teach the skill differently, so that group of students can understand the skill. As a teacher I believe it is my job to set up the classroom to serve the needs of all my students. For example when I have I student with a disability in my class I will make sure my whole room is user friendly for that student. I will manage my classroom in the same manner for all students, so they all have the opportunity to success. It is important that all students get rewarded and disciplined in the same way. For example, to reward my students I would give them the opportunity to receive more of something they like, then to discipline them I would take away something they enjoy doing. These rewards and disciplines could be that I could give the opportunity to receive more time at recess or free time, but if they did something they know that is wrong, I would take time away from their recess or free time. To manage my classroom I will have procedures for all days and make sure the children know the procedures. The students will always know what their responsibilities are and what will happen if they are not followed in my classroom to ensure they receive a proper education.
As a whole, my philosophy of education is simple, but that makes it easy for my children to remember and for potential employers to see what I want my classroom to look like and what I want my students to learn. For students and myself, all I have to remember is “the future is theirs.” This philosophy and motto will give my children and me the opportunity to have a successful school year and be successful in life. As I teacher I want all my children to have that moment when they finally understand the material I am teaching. I also want students to feel like they can be successful in whatever they want to do, whether it be school or life. This is why I want to be a teacher!