My Teaching Philosophy
As a teacher, I believe it is my responsibility to insure that my students feel a sense of community as they enter the classroom each day. Students must feel they are in a safe environment and have the motivation to be risk takers, or learning will not be successful. I begin each school year by discussing how we will support one another in our “class family.” My students know that I care about them, have high expectations of them, and want them to be successful. Every child is unique. I appreciate their differences in talents and personalities, as this is what makes my career most enjoyable.
I also enjoy meeting the families of my students. I believe that families are a vital part of our teaching team, as we all partner together to help guide students toward successful learning. I appreciate their trust in me as an educator, and the cooperation that they freely give in academic endeavors.
Following the theories of John Dewey, I believe in student-centered education where students are active participants in their own learning, and I am a facilitator to guide them as they make discoveries. Students who learn through inquiry will more easily make connections between knowledge and prior experiences. I incorporate hands on activities and student choice into my lessons, so that students are interested in learning, and have the opportunities to be creative.
In conclusion, students need to have confidence and feel successful. I strive to help my students achieve a sense of self worth. I believe in teaching students as though I were teaching my own children, because it is a blessing and a privilege to do so.
Second Grade Teacher
Boyd County Public Schools