Philosophy of Education
Learning is a unique and individual experience for each child. It is my goal as an educator to cultivate a love of learning based on each child’s motivators, and to build self-motivated students. Because each child brings their own special voice to the table, I aim to create an environment where each voice can be heard individually, and in group settings. When children have a say in their learning, engagement undoubtedly skyrockets. In my classroom students will learn to be problem solvers, collaborators, and critical thinkers.
I believe there are four essential elements that facilitate a love of learning and self-motivated students. (1) Teachers are facilitators and guides in the classroom rather than a “sage on the stage”. (2) Project Based Learning is a great opportunity that allows students to unite their passions and curriculum to collaborate with peers to solve real-world problems. (3) Digital Citizenship and technology skills must be practiced in a safe environment and integrated into the school day. (4). Self-assessment is key for students to reflect on their learning, problem solve, and build resilience.
This philosophy originates greatly from my mentor professor in my undergraduate program at Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland, Ohio, and from the professional development opportunities I’ve had throughout my years of teaching. From teaching in a Title 1 school to teaching at private schools, I can say that implementing the elements listed above has benefitted each student in many different types of school settings.