In the classroom: I think it is important that teachers are acutely aware of their own philosophy of education. If you have been working in a district of a while, you may not have thought about since leaving college or applying for a job. For the sake of self-reflection, it is worth revisiting these. Professionals in the workforce are often advised to keep an up-to-date resumes, just because life is unpredictable. What about a fresh "philosophy statement"? What if you found yourself in the application process again, what would you say about yourself?
I recently wrote mine again and was surprised that it had, indeed, changed from what I had written 6 years ago. Below I have shared my updated "Philosophy of Education Statement", just as I would write it today if I were applying for a teaching position.
Philosophy of Education Statement
I believe helping students to develop respect for themselves, others, and their environment occurs through collaborating and a thoughtful approach to discipline. The learning environment should encourage community and a safe place for students to take academic risks. I am certain that children have greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them. Fair and consistent rules, stated at the beginning of each activity and emphasizing the importance of every activity, encourages respect for student presence and time. In turn they learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment.
I believe that each child is an individual with unique needs, circumstances and personality. They deserve a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature intellectually, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.
Teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, and to model the expectations I have for students. I feel there is a need for considerate and dedicated individuals who are excited about working in special education. In our complex society it is important for students to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I am such a person and will always strive to be the best educator that I can be.