Philosophy of Education
Every student is teachable no matter their race, religion or their abilities. No two students are alike or learn in the same way. It is our job as educators to teach students based on their needs and abilities. Every student who enters our classroom can succeed. This is important for us as educators because it is our duty to provide our students with information and skills that will help them reach their full potential, not only in the classroom but in life as well. Also while teaching students, it is important that we as educators teach students based off of their prior knowledge and experiences. To make learning meaningful, we as educators must be able to connect new information to the prior/known information of the students. This will not only provide students with a positive learning experience, but also skills that will prepare them for their future.
In order for students to gain the most out of their education, as well as reach their fullest potential, everything that is done in the classroom should be fun, engaging, and as hands-on as possible. Although many schools and teachers are under a lot of pressure to get the highest grades possible out of their students, we as educators should always make students participate in hands-on activities. This will not only allow students to make new discoveries, but students will be able to use all the skills that we require them to use on these standardized tests. These skills include; problem solving strategies, risk taking, making decisions, gaining responsibility, as well as working together with their fellow peers. Teamwork is not only essential within the classroom, but it also allows students to feel a sense of community, where they can learn to communicate and rely on one another.
Finally, just as we expect our students to demonstrate teamwork within the classroom, it is very important for us as educators, to do the same thing within the community. This means that teachers, parents, and students should develop a relationship where a community is formed. Education is like a triangle. It is made up of three components; teachers, parents, and students. Without one of these components the triangle is no longer a triangle anymore, but rather a line of failure. Failure is not a word in any teacher’s vocabulary and it is our job to make sure it never used within our community.
Philosophy of Student Discipline
In order to create a beneficial and positive classroom/learning environment, the teacher must be able to develop and enforce a proper classroom management. Classroom management is one of the hardest, yet the most essential aspect of teaching. To have an effective classroom management within the classroom, the management should include an establishment of rules of expectation from everyone in the class, consistency, fair, effective lessons plans, and consequences that are logical to everyone. If a teacher makes sure that all of these elements are include while developing his/her classroom management techniques, both the teacher and the students are on the correct pathway to success.
In order to have an effective classroom management, rules should be established on the first few days of school, with the involvement of the students. By allowing students to be involved in developing these classroom rules, the classroom rules will be more meaningful to them, which will allow students to understand the importance and be more respectful of the classroom itself. If educators expect their students to follow and respect these classroom rules, it is an educator’s duty to also follow these classroom rules by being a role model, not only in the class but outside the class as well. Once these classroom rules are set into place, it is important to constantly revisit the rules and expectations during the whole school year. This will help reduce the amount of unacceptable behavior in the classroom and will help promote acceptable behaviors on a regular basis.
Along with expectation and rules, it is important for educators to develop effective lesson plans for their students. By having effective lessons plans, students will be more interested, engaged, as well as not have anytime to perform any off task behavior. Also all lessons will be more meaningful to all the students during their life if the educator developed effective lessons plans.
In order for classroom management to be effective for all, students should be punished with a logical consequence. For example, if a student glued paper on a desk, they shouldn’t miss recess or any special they might have. This will not only have students miss out on learning time but also social time, which is important not matter the age. It will also leave students to feel angry, discourages, and embarrassed. A logical consequence for this action would be to have the student clean off the desk as well as write an apology letter for performing this unacceptable behavior. By using this techniques students will be able to think and learn from their mistakes, look at possible alternatives behaviors that could have been performed, as well as understand the result of their actions. However, if educators are enforcing this policy, educators need to make sure they are consistent and fair for each situation they may encounter.