Philosophy of Education: I feel it is important for children to construct their own learning through experiences and to have the chance to explore every avenue on a topic. These beliefs influence every aspect of my teaching, from classroom and behavior management to class organization and teaching style, including the use of inquiry, for each is centered on constructivism. If a teacher pays attention to his or her students, he or she will be able to accurately develop experiments and activities that will allow the students to construct their learning based upon what they are capable of understanding. This greatly impacts the teacher’s use of curriculum materials and instructional technology, for the teacher must know what levels his or her students are on with a topic before presenting them with different manipulatives.
I believe the students will respect the room more if they feel they share ownership of it. This should greatly affect the management of the classroom, for a positive environment creates a setting in which positive learning can occur. Another part of management is establishing the fact that the student is the most important aspect of education. This is one idea I believe has a great influence on how students learn and behave. Students should know each one of them is important to the teacher, and each should feel the teacher really knows them. Knowing the students and being involved with their lives allows me to develop trusting relationships with the students, enabling me to accurately assess their problems and deal with them effectively.