I believe that as a teacher, I am in the classroom to help students reach their fullest potentials. I aim to share my passion for learning with my students so that they too, will love school and become lifelong learners. It is important to me that my classroom be a safe place in which each of my students feel they belong. In order for this to be fulfilled, I believe the following need to occur:
I create relationships with every child in my classroom so that I am able to be the best teacher I possibly can be for my students.
A successful teacher must have a true passion for working with children as well as genuinely care about her students. As a teacher, it is important for me to get to know every one of my students and to form relationships with them. Through this, I aim to make my classroom a place where all students feel like they belong and are safe to be themselves. My classroom is meant to be a place that students love to be and take pride in belonging to. I believe that by creating relationships with my students, they will feel comfortable enough to share their passions and interests with me so that I as a teacher, can make learning experiences for my students that center around their interests and needs.
I believe students should have the opportunity to create their own learning.
Inquiry is a concept that is very important to me. I believe that students learn best when they make learning their own and explore their learning. I believe that when students experience and create their own learning, it holds more meaning for them. I believe in guiding my students to construct their own knowledge by creating learning opportunities where students are able to engage in inquiry and experiential learning.
I believe that instruction needs to be student centered.
It is important for me to create relationships with my students so that I know what their strengths and needs are. I believe my style of teaching depends entirely on the student that I am teaching. I believe in individualized instruction to teach students with a variety learning needs. Lessons that I teach are differentiated to meet the needs of all learners. I believe that when students’ interests are engaged in learning that they are more willing to participate, learn, and even further their knowledge. My hope is for students to gain the same passion and love for learning that I have.
As an early elementary teacher, it is my goal to instill a love of learning in young children so that school is a place they want to be. It is my priority to have my students feel cared for and that they belong. I believe that creating an atmosphere of belonging in my classroom, providing experiential and inquiry learning opportunities, forming relationships with my students, and centering learning around their needs will help this become a reality.