Teaching Philosophy Statement

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I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a caring, and motivating learning environment which they are able to create learning experiences to be able to grow and mature emotionally, cognitively, physically, socially and linguistically. It is my aim as a teacher to help students meet their maximum potential in all areas by providing an environment that is safe, inviting, and encourages a sharing of ideas. I believe to be an effective teacher it is important to transform the raw content into something that is easy to learn, create a physical and emotional environment that is conductive to learning, structure learning tasks that will lead to students to an understanding of the content by allowing their brains to process info …show more content…
As a teacher, I use a variety of teaching strategies and make rational decisions about when each one is likely to be effective, as learning is a process of acquiring new information and abilities (Killen, 2013, pp. 5). Using a mix of teacher directed and learner directed strategies and activities help build students self-esteem and self-concept and social competence, a variety of teaching strategies also cater for the various learning styles and prior experience of students ((Killen, 2013, pp. 5).
When using direct instruction, deductive teaching and expository teaching I as a teacher am able to have control over what is being taught and how learners are presented with the information they are to learn. Using discovery learning, inductive learning and inquiry learning places a much stronger emphasis on the learner’s role in the learning process (Killen, 2013, pp. 94-95).

My philosophy of teaching is to provide a classroom environment where students are encouraged to express their own ideas and participate in their education experience. I believe that learners learn more effectively if they have some control over what they’re learning. I encourage expression of ideas using whole class discussion, as it is an effective way for students to explore a diversity of perspectives, and help students learn by collectively solving a problem or exploring open-ended issues (Killen, 2013, pp.
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I want students to have the freedom that allows expression and creativity, but also able to recognize and work on their strengths and weaknesses and set goals for their learning. After this base has been developed, the curriculum can be moulded to work with each students learning style.

Knowing your students well also plays into account with management of the classroom, as well as setting up rules and routines, and a smart incentive system are important in a classroom management. Classroom management is important to schooling, students cannot learn if they are not on task, and they cannot be on task if the teacher needs to spend large amount of time maintaining discipline. As there is no magic trick for classroom management I believe it will take me time to establish my own strategies in order to provide a quality teaching within the well-managed classroom environment (Killen, 2013, pp.