My EPortofilo is ever growing and changing to reflect the most current views and beliefs I have about teaching. As a third year, pre-intern student, I recognize that I have so much more to learn about this profession. However, I do believe that I do have unique knowledge and ideas that I can bring to this profession as well.
Brief Education Philosophy:
I have always had the desire to be a teacher. I have always had a passion for teaching, since I was 8 years old. That is when I decided I wanted to be a teacher when I grow up. My WHY has certainly shifted over the years as I have grown and matured. I want to make a difference for my students. I hope that one day they will be able to look back on their education with fond memories and know that I did everything in my power to support and inspire them to achieve everything they are capable of. I believe that every child has the right to inclusive, anti-bias, quality education. Every child is worth teaching and is full of potential. I want to pour into my students and create a safe space for them to grow and explore. I want to create relationships with my students, get to know them & their interests beyond the classroom. Children need guidance and the proper nurturing to help them reach their full potential and goals. I believe that students are all incredibly gifted, and as a teacher, I need to be prepared to highlight each of my student’s gifts. When a student knows that their teacher cares for them, they begin to trust. When you build that trust with a student, they become more receptive and open to sharing and learning together as a part of the community.
Bucket filler activity: over a month or so, have students write encouraging things to classmates and at the end have students open their notes and read them
Bell work: each morning I would like to write a question or statement on the board for
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll learn.” –Benjamin Franklin
I really like what this quote is saying. The ultimate goal of a classroom is to have your students learning, and to enjoy it. When a teacher is at the front of the class, lecturing to their students, the students are likely not listening or understanding what is being said. This is even more relevant with the younger ages. Students need to be engaged and involved in the learning process. As I reflect on my education experience, the things that stand out to me are the times when I was able to get involved with an activity or project and try something for myself. I can barely recall the things that my teachers taught me through direct instruction, if there was no opportunity to take learning into my own hands. By involving students, we are encouraging them to take ownership for their own learning and to take initiative in the classroom. This communicates that the student is competent, knowledgeable, and as educators, we value their leaning.
“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” –Jim Henson
As a child, I was rarely impressed by how much one of my teachers knew. Their knowledge was never something that created a lasting impression on me. I do remember things that they taught me but depending on their approach, it either stuck or did not stick. I do distinctly remember what my teachers did to show that they cared for me. I learnt a lot more about who a teacher was by the way they treated their students than through what they taught me. I had a couple teachers in elementary school who wrote each student a letter at the end of the year, to say how proud they were and to encourage us for the year ahead. In high school, my math teacher always put a greater emphasis on who we were becoming as people, and told us that our grades did not define us. My math teacher spent many math lessons giving us life lessons instead. He truly cared about the young adults we would become. These life lessons were far more impactful than any math lesson. I will always remember him as a caring teacher who wanted far more from us than just math assignments. I want to become a teacher like that. I want my students to remember me for the things I did for them and to help them grow as people. I want my students to remember me as a teacher who was a good listener, caring, loving, kind, someone who gave good advice, someone to trust and an educator. Ultimately, I want my students to remember that they are loved.