Focused on Teaching: what’s your plan to educate your students, employees, proteges?

Philosophies for teaching (or any general thing we do) help us to focus our essential beliefs about the subject at hand and streamline our approach to communicating our message to the world. Teachers without a philosophy are ships without a rudder sailing toward no particular harbor. While many educators have gone their entire career this way others adopt the philosophy of their own personal teaching style and their approach to their students’ learning styles.
Most professionals address their beliefs and responsibilities through mission and vision statements, a practice which schools are beginning to adopt as well. Even in our personal lives it’s important to have a mission statement for all the facets of your life:
Sadly, some teachers don’t have strong convictions in respect to their mission statement/philosophy beyond the interview. I’ve even had mine acknowledged in a positive manner during an interview only to have the principal totally reject it and make every attempt to squash my philosophy once I was hired. If you’re going to have a philosophy you have to stick to your guns even when other people might not agree with it. Sticking it with it builds clout, character, and confidence.
My philosophy is largely made up of Piaget, Gardner, and Reigleuth. I like to provide an active learning environment where kids feel confident, well-equipped, and able to functionally learn the same information as their classmates in their own personal fashion. If I don’t keep my personal philosophy in constant circulation during the school year than my classroom has no identity, the students become disillusioned, and a total lack of focus springs up like a weed. It must be the foundation of the classroom that I lead; otherwise the ship drifts and all I raise are students adrift and trying to survive a class instead of participating in a learning experience.

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