The following statements
support what I feel is my teaching philosophy for when I am a "student"
teacher and when I become an "experienced"
teacher. I try to abide by the below listed information when I am making
lesson plans, unit plans, and preparing to teach.
My Teaching Philosophy:
The plans that an experienced teacher develops should be student centered
and not teacher directed. (J., Alexsonshk, personal communication, September
An experienced teacher not only teaches but also facilitates language,
enhances social skills and is a curriculum builder. (Clements, 1997)
I want to allow my students to actively create their or invent their own
knowledge and to facilitate their own learning. (Clements, Battista, 1990)
I will always try to teach material that is relevant to the students'
life outside of school, whether it is learning how to cook or a unit based
on the interest of several students in the classroom. (J., Alexsonshk,
personal communication, September 30, 1998)
As a teacher, I will encourage my students to become intrinsically motivated
by what they are learning and doing at school. (Ormrod, 1999)
When I have my own classroom, I plan to encourage and enhance the cultural
and developmental difference among the students in my room. (Salend, 1997)
An experienced teacher will instill in his/her students that learning should
be a lifelong priority. That same teacher will also make learning a lifelong
priority in his/her own life. (Luckner, 1996)
The above statements are
a glimpse of my teaching philosophy and will continue to change as I progress
in my teaching career. I feel my philosophy encourages students to have
an active part in their education. Without students there would be no schools,
so teachers should make the students'
learning experience as memorable as possible.