Mr Kemp NZ

My Teaching Philosophy

Since I began teaching in 2006 my teaching philosophy has changed dramatically, as I believe any great teacher’s should.

I started teaching as a young, fresh 21 year old guy ready to jump at any new opportunity and willing to please. My philosophy was based around ensuring learning was fun and I thought that it was essential for the student’s in my room to be offered every opportunity possible.

As I came through my teaching career I learnt a word called “no”. My biggest learning journey to date was how to say no and that not every opportunity can be offered at all times. It is just not possible. The best learning and change to my teaching philosophy is based around giving opportunities where possible.

My current aim in teaching (as I believe everyone’s philosophy to teaching should change with the times or with the group you have in front of you) is to:

  • Create a positive classroom environment that encourages children to take risks and know that their culture, values, and ideas are respected and celebrated by their peers and the teacher.
  • Create programmes that are fun and are in an authentic context so that it is meaningful and relevant.
  • Integrate a wide variety of ICT in my classroom programme to enhance my teaching practice and engage the students in their learning.
  • Allow space in my programmes for students to reflect on their learning.
  • Make my enthusiasm for teaching and learning contagious, so I can stir up this desire in the students.
  • Give all children the opportunity to experience success by using a wide variety of teaching approaches, as I am aware all children learn in different ways.
  • Regularly collaborate with parents / caregivers to form a strong partnership in the children’s education.
  • Frequently reflect and appraise my teaching to ensure that the children’s interests and needs are always foremost in my mind.
  • Use assessment as an integral and ongoing part of my effective learning programme.
  • Make teaching and learning a fun and enjoyable experience. I have found that children achieve and exceed expectations when they are enjoying what they are learning.
  • Allow, where appropriate, the children’s natural curiosity to guide and direct their learning.
  • Be open to change to ensure I am always providing a quality teaching environment for the student’s in my classroom. 

My students have taught me to open my mind and my heart to the joys, the innocence, and the diversity of ideas in the world. Because of this, I will always remember how to smile with the new, cherish the old, and laugh with the children.

My teaching philosophy guides my teaching and learning and allows me to ensure I am on top of my game as a professional educator. My philosophy to teaching changes frequently as my teaching programme does. If I was not changing to meet the demands of my student’s I would seriously need questioning as to my purpose for being in education. 
I challenge you to go away and ask questions of others and get them to challenge you back. Share your teaching philosophy here and challenge my teaching philosophy to help us decipher what it is that we truly believe in.

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Global EdTech Consultant based in Singapore but working with Schools and EdTech companies all over the world. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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  • Deep thinking. Really enjoyed reading your honest reflection. Found myself nodding and agreeing as I went through. I too have a high need for fun and believe I wouldn’t still be in teaching if I didn’t fulfill it every day. I also believe in control and belonging. On my board I have a grid that encourages us as a class to assess each new task that we do against the fun, belonging and control guide! Brings it all home to them and to me! Keep writing!

  • Love it all very good points and I too was nodding as I went. You are so right about change it all depends on the group of children you have in front of you or the issues that they or community have at present. The Chch Earthquake really brought that to the forefront for me. It has also made me think more about National Standards and the impact or how they may hinder a philosophy like this. Food for thought.

  • Thank you so much Mrs C and Emma for the powerful feedback – please check in regularly and sign up to my email updates – I really value feedback like this and I would encourage you to spread the word about this blog – the more comments / discussion we can generate the better. Thank you again

  • I enjoyed reading your reflection, Craig. I agree with you about the need for an adaptive teaching philosophy. I would add that in order to be a good teacher you have to be a good learner; for an effective teacher the learning journey never stops.
    I also believe in the role of the teacher as a facilitator of student learning, rather than an expert; we have to help our students to become autonomous, lifelong learners, equipped with useful skills for the 21st century. To me, this requires student-centred practices, listening to students’ voices, addressing their needs, interests and learning styles, offering opportunities for active learning, rather than passive consumption of knowledge. Although we often have to comply with traditional practices, we are the ones that can lead and bring change in our context, by implementing innovative, student-centred activities and ‘spreading the news’ on the results that we observe in student engagement and learning. That’s why I find really important to share educational experiences, exchange ideas, influence and motivate one another. This blog is a great place to stimulate such interactions πŸ™‚

  • Thanks Pinelopi – wow – really powerful reflection – please sign up to the email updates and continue to help me reflect.
    Spread the word about this blog and I look forward to chatting again soon πŸ™‚

  • Very honest and enthusiastic – love it and agree with your philosophy.

    I also expect feedback from the students on my teaching and am always keen to show them that I don’t know everything. We have a saying – “We are all teachers and we are all learners in our room.”

    Modeling being a reflective learner is so important too. The students wanted to be able to link to my learning blog – I was a little unsure of this, but they explained it by saying that they may not always understand what I’m on about, (I may not either!), but it shows that I’m a learner just like them.

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