Throughout my ongoing journey of becoming an elementary educator, I have started to develop my idea of being the “ideal teacher”. In other words, I have started to construct my teaching philosophy. This is my system of thought behind the education system and these thoughts are what I believe to be the basis of what my teaching will consist. Keeping in mind that I am only just beginning my teaching journey because I am still in University so therefore, my teaching philosophy will be ever growing but this is fundamentally what I strongly believe in thus far.
My first teaching philosophy is that content should follow the curriculum but should also be based of the children’s interests. I first added this to my teaching philosophy after learning about John Dewey. Dewey is a curriculum theorist, has a constructivist mindset, and is very child based in his thinking. He places emphasis on how school should be based upon the child’s motives, interests, and personal experiences. Through that, you as an educator are able to make lessons that will genuinely spark the children’s desire to learn because it is something that they can easily relate to and enjoy. When you are able to teach lessons around your students interests, you will see a positive shift in your classroom. Children will want to participate and will be happy to know that you have been listening to what they love. This not only allows for curriculum to be taught in effective way, it also allows you to bond with your students over their interests.
My second teaching philosophy is that as an educator, you should be an active part of the students learning experience and act as a guide for them but further than that is not necessary. Too much intervention inhabits exploration. One theorist I have based this teaching philosophy on is Maria Montessori. She is the one who believes that the role of a teacher is to act as a guide, observing the child and keeping a close eye on them but should allow the students to learn independently after given thorough instruction from the teacher. Children are seen as very capable to explore an environment independently and thus, learn independently when given the necessary tools by the teacher. This independent learning style is something that allows creativity to flow and allows for building a strong sense of self-esteem. Which at a young age, is very crucial to develop.
My third teaching philosophy is that the student and their needs are the focal point in my teaching. As an educator, you must give them the knowledge needed to succeed in the world. This is a crucial idea to keep in mind because you are the one who is preparing the child for the real world and to ultimately have the knowledge to do well in their life after they leave your classroom. After all, the main reason you are teaching in the classroom is for the child. Therefore, your students should be your focus and what comes first while keeping in mind your students successful academic growth is the ideal end point.