I Believe…(Philosophy)

I believe…

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”      -Ignacio Estrada

I believe all students are different – learn differently – and classroom teaching should reflect this.  There are many different types of learners in a classroom and one teaching strategy is not sufficient.  Choosing to use only a few strategies is always going to set the same students up for success and the others for failure.  Because there are kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learners, just to name a few, the method a teacher uses needs to adhere to each type of learner.  Of course, every type of learner cannot be addressed in every lesson.  But, a great teacher use a variety or methods every day in order to provide successful learning experiences for each and every student.  Some methods I have used are inquiry based learning, experiential learning, demonstrations, and explaining and lecturing.

I believe that the classroom environment is very important.  The classroom can look very different every day as it is not confined to just four walls.  Not only can the classroom be moved outdoors, but it can also be found through technology.  Education is no longer confined to the building and the single classroom teacher.  Students can learn from people all over the world via the internet and, often, students prefer to learn this way just because it’s simply more fun.  Teachers should be using this to their advantage.  I believe it is counterproductive to fight against students’ interests.

“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.”  – George Bernard Shaw

“Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”    -Chinese Proverb

I believe it is a teacher’s job to guide students on the path to discovery and knowledge.  It is far less effective to have teacher-directed learning than student-directed learning.  Teachers need to develop lessons, assignments, and projects that: one, follow the content outlined in the curriculum and two, are at an appropriate development level.  However, there is room for different options in assignments that students can make decisions on which will be most meaningful for them.  Also, I believe students should be included in evaluation and assessment.

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