**Over the course of my last year of university (2009), my Philosophy of Education has changed a little due to the experiences I have had through interning and my final university classes. I am currently working on my latest draft of this document. There are quite a few areas that I have added to my Phil. of Ed, such as my beliefs on inquiry based learning and using technology in my lessons to foster deeper meaning and connections that students form between school and real life. School today is much more than just reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic and it is important for educators to recognize their students interests and abilities when planning and delivering their lessons. Students and they way that they learn are changing and it is time for teachers to teach students in a way that they can learn best. Let us allow students to share their talents with the world, new talents that are not steeped with tradition and old ideas. It is time for our students to make new traditions – after all, it is their future we are preparing them for, not ours.
Here is my original version of my Philosophy of Education written after pre-internship in my 3rd year of university.
I believe that all students should be understood, and treated with equality and respect. This is what my philosophy of education is all about. I want every student to feel included and important, and appreciate the diversity found in the classroom as much as I do. In my eyes, my classroom is much like a puzzle; all the puzzle pieces are different yet unique, and without all the pieces to the puzzle, the puzzle is not finished. Much like if all students in the classroom are not accounted for and appreciated, the classroom is not complete.
My philosophy of education is also about teaching all children, not just the majority group. The diversity in my classroom is not only different cultures and ethnicities, but is different learning styles as well. There are many different learning styles and intelligences found in today’s classrooms and I believe that it is my duty as a teacher to be aware of and open-minded towards not only the different cultures and ethnicities, but all the different learning styles and intelligences found in my classroom as well.
When educating children effectively, teachers need to be aware of the students’ strengths and weaknesses. These strengths and weaknesses are different for every child, for every child is one of a kind; no two children’s strengths and weaknesses are exactly the same. Therefore, I need to be aware of each student’s capabilities and help them achieve their own personal best. Positive feedback should be given to the students to motivate student achievement and so that the students feel comfortable in the learning environment that I have created for them. And since all students are their own piece of the classroom puzzle, I need to be sensitive and understanding towards how my feedback will influence my students’ self esteem and motivation.
Carol Ann Tomlinson states that “If children can’t learn the way we teach, we must teach them the way that they learn.” I feel that this quote reflects my philosophy of teaching extremely well. In order to teach students in ways that they can learn, I need to be empathetic towards their needs, strengths, and weaknesses, for if I am not, then I will not meet the needs of all learners. My puzzle will not be complete and will not reflect the beautiful colors, shapes, and sizes of each piece.