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.