Philosophy of Education

My philosophy of education is that every student can and will learn. I believe every child has a flame for learning, the flame just needs to be ignited through love, encouragement, and support. My philosophy of education extends to teaching the whole child. I want my classroom to be a safe place where students can be engaged, challenged, and supported. Every child deserves to feel loved as they grow academically and developmentally. In my classroom, I intend to provide opportunities where students can learn concepts that will help them be successful both inside and outside of the classroom. The following paragraphs outline pillars in my philosophy of education: strong relationships, growth mindset, high expectations, data driven instruction, and reflection.

 

Strong Relationships

I believe strong relationships drive learning, promote academic success, and support the whole child. Building relationships with students and their families is essential to creating a culture for learning. When a teacher builds a strong relationship with their students and their families, the students feel safe, supported, and comfortable sharing things with them. Students cannot learn if they do not feel safe as confirmed by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Additionally, strong relationships allow teachers to know their students better which supports them in meeting student needs. Through strong relationships, teachers learn what each student needs to be successful, and they can differentiate accordingly. All students have different interests, readiness levels, and learning profiles. Knowing your students allows you to help them become successful inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Growth Mindset

Students should be taught and learn through a growth mindset. Every child can and should have the opportunity to learn no matter what background they come from. When children are educated through Carol Dweck’s power of yet, they will be motivated to succeed. Just because a student does not understand something right away, does not mean they will not understand something in the future with additional guidance and support. My goal is to build a safe classroom community where my students feel loved and supported; I want them to be able to take risks with their learning and try new things without fear of failure.

 

High Expectations

Students should be held to the highest expectations when learning. Students need to be held to the highest expectations in the classroom because when their teacher shows the students that they believe in them, the students will be more confident in themselves and more motivated to try new things that may be challenging. Teachers should give their students clear and intentional expectations that will challenge them and support them in growing as a whole child. Children need to be challenged in order to grow.

 

Assessment Driven Instruction

Driving instruction through assessments and the data that comes from assessments is a highly effective teaching practice and important in education. Assessments can help educators track student progress, evaluate their own instruction, and determine instructional next steps. When assessments are used properly and the data from the assessments is analyzed, educators can see if classroom learning goals have been met in alignment to the standards. Assessments can help educators create more meaningful and powerful instruction that allows all students in their classrooms to be successful. Educators can look at assessment data to make informed instructional decisions.

 

Reflection

I believe reflecting on instruction is highly important in education. Reflecting on instruction allows educators to look at areas of strength and areas of weakness. The most important question I like to ask myself when reflecting is, “Why?” because it helps me understand what I need to stop, start, and continue within the classroom and within my instruction. Reflecting helps educators teach more effectively and intentionally which results in students being more successful.

 

Summary

Overall, it is important to me that each child who walks through my classroom doors is loved and encouraged every single day. Every child will be encouraged to work hard and try their best. I will make sure that each of my students feels loved and valued in my classroom by teaching to the whole child and teaching in alignment with my personal philosophy of education.