My personal philosophy of teaching and learning is a product of many influencesincluding experience, instruction, a melding of the philosophies of past educators andan intrinsic sense of what is right. I have attempted to capsulate this philosophy in theseven belief statements that follow. I believe learners are individuals who bring aunique set of needs and abilities to the classroom and that they should be encouragedto become responsible for their own learning, especially as they mature. I believe that ateacher’s primary role is that of a facilitator of learning, creating opportunities for learning which improve the chances of student success. I believe that the learningprocess is multifaceted, unique to each student, yet containing unifying threads of purpose in addressing the student as a whole person. I believe the curriculum is a setof criteria designed, as much as possible, to meet the needs of students and should beoffered to them in as compelling a manner as possible. I believe that the learningenvironment is a shared, public place that must be welcoming, safe, and theresponsibility of those who share it. I believe it is important to recognize and embracethe diversity that arises from the milieu as it provides a myriad of opportunities toenhance student learning and growth. Finally, I believe if I am to be a good facilitator of the learning of others, I must embrace opportunities to expand my own learning on anongoing, life-long basis. This includes allowing myself time to be critically reflective.These seven belief statements form the core of my current philosophy of teaching andlearning. This is an evolving philosophy that is heavily influenced by experience anddriven by a passion for teaching and a passion for learning. It is my hope that thesepassions will combine to kindle a similar passion for learning in the students in my care
The articulation of a philosophy is the first and often smallest step in its development. Once stated it must be measured against a set of recognized criteria or standards to determine its validity. I propose to measure my personal philosophy of teaching and learning against the standard created by the five principles of philosophy outlined by George Counts. The first of these standards requires that my philosophy be based on my experiences. I have worked in a public school as a Resource Educational Assistant for the last five years and this, coupled with my own educational experience has afforded me the opportunity to observe dozens of teachers at close range. From this myriad of experience I have formulated a philosophy that focuses on the student as an individual. I recognize through this philosophy that students bring different biological, psychological and social experiences to the classroom. My philosophy welcomes and validates each of these experiences, valuing the benefits they bring to the learning environment. My philosophy, though brief, is comprehensive in its outlook. Its focus on theneeds of the individual is counterbalanced by the belief that the classroom mustwelcome diversity and requires that this same environment be one in which allparticipants have an equal voice. The belief that the classroom must be welcoming,safe and tolerant of the diversity of the milieu validates all elements of each learner’ssocial heritage while striking a balance between meeting the needs of individuals andpreparing them to become accepting, contributing members of society. Similarly, theincreasing onus on the learners to take responsibility for their own learning as theymature, balances the demands of childhood with the demands of maturity.
This philosophy is very consistent in all aspects. By asking students to becomeresponsible for their learning and their classroom they are being taught to becomeresponsible for themselves and their environment later in their lives. The aim of thisphilosophy has been to develop a sense of self worth while acknowledging that all...
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