Creating a written version of my teaching philosophy is not an easy task. It is difficult to fully express my personal perspective of education, my beliefs and values, and what I believe to be most important as a future educator. My philosophy of education will change as the years pass and I know it will be a work in progress. As a pre-service teacher, I thought it might be best to summarize my ideas of teaching through a simplified categorized list:
What do I want to accomplish as a teacher?
- Encourage lifelong learning
- Motivate students to become critical thinkers
- Offer opportunity for student-based learning
- Provide a classroom environment reflective of studentcollaboration and teamwork
- Actively involve all students in learning
- Instill confidence in students
- Be representative of inclusiveness, equality, and equity
Why do I want to teach?
- Create opportunity
- Inspire future generations
- Encourage students to explore their own interests by offering choice
- Motivate students to be involved in their communities and develop interest in social issues
How am I going to achieve my goals?
- Provide a safe environment for students to intellectually grow and develop
- Work with other teachers and individuals working in education – be involved in continuing improvements and positive change
- Discover new techniques and innovative ways to teach – explore interdisciplinary teaching and encourage students to take pride in their interests