Teaching Philosophy

Throughout my ongoing journey in the elementary education program, I have started to develop my teaching philosophy and my idea of being an educator. When I started thinking about my teaching philosophy, I started to look back on my own education experience and reflecting on the teachers that I enjoyed having and wanted to teach like. I went into education because I have always had a passion for working with children; my ultimate goal is to see the students smile once they have solved that difficult problem or learned something new. My teaching philosophy is based on what my teaching will be like. Since I am only going into my 3rd year, I am just starting to create my teaching philosophy, which I know, I will continue to add to as I move forward in my degree and find more ways that fit with what I believe in.

When I teach my students, I will use different teaching strategies so all students are able to learn. As well as many different opportunities for students to explore and learn on their own. I want my students to learn through their experiences and through play. It is not an effective way to teach students by having them sit in desks all day and listen to the teacher. I am passionate about teaching PreK or Kindergarten where children learn through play and the interaction with others. In my classroom, I wish to have experiential workshops set up around the classroom for the students to go interact and play. As the teacher, I would guide some but allow them to learn through play allowing them to be creative and use their imagination.

I believe Montessori and Dewey fit well with my educational philosophy because they both believed students learn by doing hands-on exploring, students learn more effectively when they are able to explore and play rather than being told exactly what to do.

I do not want my students to sit at a desk and listen to me for the whole day. I want them to explore the materials in the classroom and learn through playing. As a teacher, I want all my students to succeed, I do not want that to happen for any of my students which is why sitting in a desk all day and listening to the teacher does not help a student learn. Every student learns in their own way and by letting children explore and learn through experience is beneficial for students. Teachers need to help build their students’ knowledge and allow them to explore. Children have the right to learn and as the teacher, I need to support and give them all the knowledge I can so they can flourish.

Self-directed learning is something I hope to incorporate into my classroom, sometimes students learn more from their own experiences than I can ever teach them. Montessori “methods are designed to stimulate children’s independence and self-directed learning; with teachers serving as guides” (Cohen, D. L., 1990, p. 64) as the teacher I would help guide students but also allow the students to learn independently by exploring and learning through play. This idea challenges the way I was taught through my schooling. I was told exactly what to do and to always sit in the desk, it will be hard to venture off from what I have been taught all my life. I see how worthy the Montessori method is and the good it will bring to students. Montessori’ method of hands-on learning I want to use in my classroom since I believe students learn better through exploration (Cohen, D. L., 1990). Since I am passionate about working with children PreK and Kindergarten using hands-on learning will benefit my students lot more compared to sitting in their desks the whole time.

John Dewey also believed children learn by doing which I hope to display in my classroom through hands on and experimental learning. Most of the time children learn better when given the chance to do hands-on activities. As a teacher, I want to teach my students according to the curriculum as well as what interests them. Once a student can pick what they learn I feel they become more intrigued by the topic. I want my students to sit there bored or pretend they are listening, I would rather they have the option to pick what they learn and the activities to go along with it to make their learning experience more meaningful. Another point, Dewey is very focused on giving children freedom, this is something I want to incorporate into my classroom and works with my educational philosophy. myself I believe students learn better through hands-on work with their peers and the materials/environment around them.

I believe students learn and gain a better knowledge through the interactions with others. children seem to take suggestions from their own peers rather than their teacher because when the teacher suggests osmrthing they may find the teacher is bossing them around. students should help one naother learn through the interactionn between them and by playing. I want to incorporate every teaching strategy I can to ensure all my students will be able to learn.