I believe that the goal of education is to provide students the tools and motivation needed to achieve their eventual goals. Every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential, through proper guidance and support. I hope to foster a supporting and welcoming environment for all, that allows each student to expand their views and keep an open mind. Guiding students rather than “instructing” them, to make sure each student learns in a way that is best for them as an individual, will, in turn, benefit the class as a collective. A classroom is built on respect — for each other, for the classroom space, and for ourselves. As a teacher, I will make it a priority to encourage extra-curricular activities and hobbies, which can help students build on skills such as teamwork and leadership, and form relationships with their peers. I aim to have a positive attitude no matter what may be going on in my life, because a positive attitude is a contagious one. As well, I want to make it a habit to understand that there may be a lot going on in a students life, and doing my best to make sure they are always physically, mentally, and emotionally well.
I hope to use the Constructivist approach, which the renewed curriculum is based on. I do not believe in perpetuating Eurocentric beliefs and practices when it comes to education, and instead, hope I can foster a classroom environment that acknowledges diversity. I hope to tie Treaty Education outcomes and indicators to my classroom content, as seamlessly as possible. I believe in teaching students to think critically and to do that, I must model that behaviour. I hope to critically assess not only the content that I teach, but my teaching practices, as well. I believe that to be a present, capable, and committed teacher, I must always have a “growth mindset”, to ensure lifelong learning. In doing so, I hope to inspire my students to always be ready to take on new ideas, challenge their beliefs, and come with a positive mind to learn more about the world and themselves.
With inclusive education as my minor, I have had the opportunity to learn many differentiation techniques and adaptations which I hope to implement in my day-to-day teaching. I acknowledge the fact that to be inclusive does not mean to have segregated classrooms for students with exceptionalities, and rather, to include those learners. I will do my change my teaching practices, strategies, and assessment to suit all diverse learners. I also believe in getting to know my students to teach them in the ways that are best for them. Building relationships and getting to know students can help harbor feelings of mutual respect, and help me become a better, more informed teacher.
Lastly, a large part of my education philosophy revolves around collaboration. I hope to utilize all the resources available to me for the benefit of my students. I believe in compromising with the students’ best interests at heart. I know that a school community is diverse and there are many professionals that can help and guide me throughout my career, and I hope to get to know them and work with them. I will learn from and with them. Collaboration is key to teaching — whether it be with other teachers, guidance, administration, students, parents, or professionals in the community such as social workers and nurses.
This blog post was done for my ECS 210 class, and highlights my educational philosophy a little bit more. I connect my philosophy to stories an Elder shared with me and my peers at a Treaty Education weekend.