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, by providing an environment that is safe, supports out of the box thinking and invites the sharing of ideals. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment. The teacher acting as a guide, Allowing the student's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and Promoting respect for all things and people.
The teacher acting as a guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information, the students' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves. Students need access to hands on activities.
Allowing the student's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, by having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to the student's life and interests. One way to take learning in a direction relevant to student interest is invite student input and student generated ideas.
Promoting respect for all things and people, this is achieved by helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves. I believe children have a greater respect for their teacher , their peers and the lesson, by setting fair and consistent rule initially and stating the importance of every activity.
Every classroom presents a unique community of learnes that varies not only in abilities, but also in learning styles. My role as the educator is to give my students the tools with which to cultivate their own gardens of knowledge. To accomplish this goal, I will teach to the needs of each student so that all learners can feel capable and successful.