Statement of Educational Goals and Philosophy
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To begin my statement of educational goals and philosophy, I would like to address the issue of the nature of students. I think it is important to state that my choice in becoming an educator was mainly influenced by my love of children of all ages. I was also priviledged to have the influence of my Grandmother Yost for seven years of my life. She was a school teacher in a one room school house in McDowell County. In the short time I was able to be with her, she left impressions on my little girl mind that I will never forget. She believed in children, she believed in God and she believed in living life to its fullest. She passed away when I was seven, but not before she had a chance to impress on me that there was something in life I could give back and that something was myself. To me, teaching is the best way to give of myself.
In addition, I chose this profession because I have a genuine interest in seeing all children succeed. I am a firm believer that there is a level of achievement that each child can reach that far out weighs even their highest expectations. I have confidence in the students and believe that there is potential in everyone of them. I believe it is my job as a future educator to go into the classroom with a fresh mind and approach each child as a “clean slate”. I believe each child should be given the opportunity to change and excel above any record or previous achievement levels.
To me, knowledge is something this out there to be obtained everyday. I want my students to understand that each day they enter the classroom there is something to learn, to be understood and more to know. The joy of education is understanding there is someone there to teach me something I didn’t know when I arrived. Knowledge is not a resting place, it is like a rung on a ladder, not meant to rest upon, but rather, there to place one foot higher. Knowledge is also obtained and increased within their life outside of the classroom.
I want to be able to help each child take what they have learned and apply it to their real life situations.
I believe the purpose of public education is to provide a stable environment where children can learn and grow. It should be the basis and foundation that will provide each child an opportunity to further their education after public school. Each school should have high standards that aide in the knowledge base that will transport each child from public school to a higher education, vocation or trade of their choice.
Education is important because it is the pathway that leads each child to a road of good self-esteem and confidence to reach out and achieve their goals. Without a firm education, I believe students fail to reach their full potential in life.
As an educator I hope to be able to make my students time in the classroom a time of learning and fun. I hope to be able to motivate them to learn and to help them understand that education is their way to success. My overall goal is to be able to keep an open mind and good attitude toward each child, realizing that they will fail along the way, but it is my job to find that area where we can communicate and help them to achieve once again. I never want to lose confidence in any one of my students. I want to constantly be reaching and digging to find ways to help them excel. Above all, it is my deepest desire to see each one of my students develop into their special being. It is my firm belief that each student is equipped with many talents and gifts, it is my hope that I will be able to uncover those in each of them. My aim is to see them realize their potential and with confidence, reach for the stars!
I want to always remember that each students deserves their area of privacy and confidentiality as a human being. It is not my job to find their weakness, and build upon them, but rather to find their strengths. I do not ever want to fall into the rut of speaking less than positive about anyone of them.
The methods that I will use in my classroom cannot be listed here in this one paper, because I am of the belief that there is no set “method” of teaching. With each new roster of children each year there comes a list of new students who will be entirely different than the ones from the previous year. What worked the year before, worked for that set of children. Each year, those methods must change. I will be the kind of teacher that changes my methods of reaching children from year to year. Each lesson must be readapted to fulfill the needs of the current classroom of children. Where one class may be strong, the next may be weak. It is my job to search and find out where I must change, not vice versa. My methods and strategies will change to accommodate my students, not the other way around.
I want to maintain a high level of classroom control. I am of the belief that if there is no control within the classroom, time is lost, and children do not learn. There is a way to incorporate “fun” times into instruction, and still be learning. I want to be the motivator but I also want to be respected and stay in control. I believe that with a firm control over the classroom climate, learning takes place at high levels. Where there is control and respect, the children can hear and are better able to understand instruction and the likelihood of their success is much higher. I also want to establish a reward system, along with a firm set of classroom rules and consequences. Above all, I want to be searching for the good things they do, attempting to catch them doing good, instead of searching for the bad. I want offer praise for good behavior in an attempt to motivate those who are misbehaving to earn the positive praise.
I believe it is my job as an educator to abide by the standards of learning set forth by my administration and my state I will be teaching in. I will follow the objectives and goals that are set before me and establish lesson plans that will be reflective of those goals. With the push to meet higher levels of accountability nation wide, it will be my goal to work toward higher test scores and to build a foundation of basic skills for my classroom.
Overall, I believe without basic skills knowledge in the early elementary school years, the educational system sets the stage for later failure. It is common knowledge that a home without a solid foundation, will not stand. The same applies to education in the early years. The basic foundation must be solid so that the students have a scaffolding type area to add later knowledge to. To me, reading is the basis of all knowledge. It is statistically proven that a child who is behind in reading in the early years, will continue to remain further and further behind as the years progress. (Matthew's Law...the rich get richer and the poor get poorer). Without proper reading skills, comprehension skills and good decision making skills, students have no foundation to grasp later knowledge in subjects such as science and mathematics. If they cannot read, they have no way to comprehend the instructions. I believe the greatest emphasis in early elementary years should be reading skills.
In closing, it is not my goal to get my bachelor of science degree in education and stop there. I do not believe that education ever stops. Technology is constantly changing, we live in a world with vast technological resources, and it is ever changing. As an educator, I want to remain an adapter to my environment, always willing to learn more, never believing that I have arrived. I intend to get my masters and eventually work toward my doctorate. I want to keep the goal of adding to my knowledge base yearly in subjects that are not my preferred interest. By doing this, I hope to find ways to motivate myself as an educator to remain creative and open to ideas and ways to reach my students. Education is like a circle, it continues on without end.