My Educational Philosophy

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One of the many goals that I have as an elementary educator is to provide students with the tools necessary to be responsible, successful adults. By successful, I mean happy adults. I do not think that the salary that you earn is any indication of success. Passive acceptance of the Teacher’s wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; It is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes a man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position. Bertrand Russell I plan to create a classroom where students feel safe, confident, and proud. It should be a stable, structured atmosphere where routines are a part of the learning process. Unfortunately, many children do not have structure and routines at home and some, sadly, do not even feel safe in their own homes. “Each child’s social experiences and expectations are different; their concepts of intelligence and how they have experienced learning…are different; and their background and cultural values are likely different as well” (Murray & Jorgensen, 2007, p. 49). I hope to develop an understanding of my students by gathering information from parents or caregivers, resource teachers of special needs students, information from past teachers, and information from the students about their interests. This will provide me with the tools necessary to create lessons and resources that engage students while encouraging independence, introduce different levels of complexity while still being accessible to... ... middle of paper ... ...ebert, J., Carpenter, T. P., Fennema, E., Fuson, K. C., Wearne, D., Murray, H., et al. (1997). Making Sense: Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Understanding. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. Lourens, B. (2004, March). CYC-ONLINE: Places of Emotional Safety: Creating Classrooms. Retrieved June13, 2010 from The International Child & Youth Care Network: http://www.cyc-net.org McDevitt, T. M., & Ormrod, J. E. (2010). Child development and education (4th Edition ed.). Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, inc. Murray, M., & Jorgensen, J. (2007). The Differentiated Math Classroom A Guide for Teachers, K-8. Chicago: Heinemann. Noddings, N. (2007). Philosophy of education (2nd Edition ed.). Boulder: Westview Press. Piggott, J. (2008, September). Nrich.maths.org: Mathematics Enrichment: Rich Tasks and Contexts. Retrieved June 16, 2010, from http://nrich.maths.org/5662.

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