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My Philosophy of Education
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My Philosophy of Education
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, and socially. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk- taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. All students have an ability to learn it is my job to help them discover how they learn best and help provide them with the skills and resources to foster that learning ability.
My role as an educator is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information, the students' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations. Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one's life and interests. Developing a curriculum around student interests fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. One way to take learning in a direction relevant to student interest is to incorporate the technologies they use in their everyday lives in my lessons.
My goal as an educator is not only to foster learning of content but to also foster the emotional growth of my students. I hope to help students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, their environment and the environments and cultures of their global neighbors. I hope to create an atmosphere where the voice of each student is heard, where students feel free to express themselves.
For myself, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children and young adults. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I am such a person and will always strive to be the best educator that I can be.
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