The following information was obtained from
conversations with the teacher in the classroom. The were also obtained by observations
that were made by the practicum student from Kent State University. The statements explain
what the teacher feels is her teaching philosophy and the philosophy of the classroom.
- The individual needs of the students are considered the most important things.
- They hope to encourage the full development of the child; this includes physical,
social, emotional, and cognitive/linguistic growth.
- They try to facilitate a balance between being a individual and a member of a group.
- They want to help children realize their potential, but learn self-control to assist
them in accepting limits.
- They want to promote the concerns and feelings of all children.
- They want to cultivate a love of learning by making it fun and exciting by using a
variety of developmentally appropriate materials and activities.
- They try to integrate students with special needs as often and as much as possible.
- The statement that a child with a disability is ALWAYS a child first is emphasized by
the teacher and in the classroom.
- They want to develop positive self-images in the students.
- They try to guide, expand, and stimulate the childrens thought process through a
variety of units, lessons and activities.
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