January 27, 2016
There are a handful of teachers that I have had in the past who stick out in my mind and who aided me in my decision to become an educator. One thing that they all had in common was how approachable they were and their openness to conversation. The middle years grades are a difficult time, but with the help of these teachers, I was able to get through it. I could confidently talk to them about anything that was troubling me and they would be supportive and understanding. Oftentimes children need an outlet, which they cannot obtain at home. One main reason I wanted to become a teacher was to be a supporter of their interests and form knowledge. Most importantly, all students are equal and have the right to education. Likewise, school should not just be about mastering subjects, but a place where students learn about themselves and their capabilities.
An educational philosopher that resonates most with me is John Dewey. Philosophy of Education I am a major supporter in learning through experience, expressing one’s individuality, and being free to learn. From my interpretation, Dewey’s main ideas flow around experiential learning, which includes reflecting and learning from your own experiences. I feel that it is vital for children to learn from their mistakes and experiences and to grow from them. He also emphasizes that the learning process is both social and interactional. I believe that life is all about developing relationships and children need to be given the opportunity to work with others and to learn how to solve problems. Pedagogical Creed A very important viewpoint that Dewey highlighted is that social reform should take place in schools. Students should not be hidden from the truths of society, so they are prepared to deal with conflicts that they are faced with. Likewise, my belief in the importance of Treaty Education resonates with this philosophy in the sense that everyone needs to be aware of the impacts that residential schools have had on Aboriginal peoples. Treaty Education Resource Chart Also, helping support LGBTQ students is essential in ensuring equality and inclusion.
As an educator, knowing your students is the most important quality in being an effective teacher. You must be aware of how each and every one of your students learns best and it is essential to capture and utilize each learning style. With knowing your students comes having a relationship with them. This relationship is crucial. When students know that their teacher cares and is involved, they gain a sense of trust. There are some students who come from an abusive family, students who are struggling with their identity etc, who are yearning for someone to talk to. Gaining that sense of trust gives them confidence in addressing their issues with you.
I intend to provide instruction in an open and inclusive way. I want my students to be able to express their own ideas and to come up with their own solutions. Likewise, I believe in freedom of choice. Allowing your students to be different and giving them creative choice fosters an environment where they are free to learn in a way that best suits them. Differentiation Alongside this, when you give students choice, they become motivated and excited about whatever task they are assigned.The inquiry process is crucial for fostering this open and creative learning environment. Inquiry- Resources for ELA 6 I am also a major supporter of collaborative classrooms where students work with their peers to come up with solutions and where the teacher acts as a facilitator to student’s learning to encourage students to think for themselves. Lastly, I believe that a child’s capabilities cannot be demonstrated by written exams alone, but also by allowing them to demonstrate a clear understanding of the topic in their own way.