Teaching Philosophy

I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.

I also believe that as a teacher, I have the important responsibility to provide students with learning opportunities in the classroom that they can relate to the real world and apply to their daily lives.  Students need to learn how to manage certain life situations and the classroom, after the home, is the place where they need to learn social skills, and problem solve to be prepared for the real world.

Learning should take place in a creative way, giving every student opportunities to improve themselves and succeed academically.  Each student is different and therefore, it is necessary to provide many different teaching approaches to identify the best ones or the ones that benefit certain students that have difficulty in specific areas.

I believe in differentiation, and the importance of applying it to each student that needs to improve skills in a different way than the rest of his peers.  Differentiation can make a difference in the life of a child because he feels that he is important and knows that accommodations are being made for his benefit and success.  As a teacher, I understand that not every child is able to learn in the same way as other students and that I need to ensure their learning by modifying lectures and activities in which every child can learn and not feel like he does not belong.

I believe in applying classroom behavior  management strategies for students to reach behavior expectations in the classroom and in the school.  Positive behavior is the key to obtain student excellent performance through hard work and keeping inappropriate behavior to a minimum.  For students to reach their full potential they need to stay focussed on classroom tasks.  Acceptable behavior can help children feel safe and confident about themselves and perform better academically.  Incidents of inappropriate behavior are negative distractors that can be avoided by applying certain techniques that reduce that kind of behavior.  Setting behavior expectations and reviewing them with the students often as a class is important in helping them to understand the rules and follow them.

I know that getting to know each student individually will help me learn about their needs.  By providing ways for students to succeed, I will be able to require their highest effort and expect their highest level of performance in my classroom.  I will give one hundred percent so that I can ask and expect the same from my students.  I don not give up on students because I know that everyone can improve academically and in life if treated and taught in a way in which learning takes places through collaboration and hands on activities.

I believe in helping all the students to succeed academically and eventually in life.  My main goal as a teacher is to obtain and reach each of my student’s highest potential.

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