A definition of my own educational philosophy, as an educator, is ongoing and forever changing. As Howard A. Ozsome and Samuel M. say, ““Education philosophy is a way of not only looking at ideas but also of learning how to use ideas in better ways” from this I take that my educational philosophy is not a list of ideas I’d like to have about education but rather how those ideas are implemented.
With that being said at this point, my educational philosophy is limited to the experiences that I have had in the field. Education is a right to all children. However, that is not always granted. In the case that it is the levels of education children receive variety. My experience at Paul Dojack Youth Centre taught me this: students are kids, just kids. Yes, they have made mistakes, but hasn’t everybody? Not a single person is perfect and everyone has lapses in judgment, but we must consider the context for that lapse in judgment. Context is crucial. You never know what kind of life your student has had, or does have when they enter your classroom. For some students, you could be the only positive influence in their lives. We can address this societal construction by working together, schools, teachers, guardians, elders, community members, etc. by installing the message into students that their lives matter and when times are tough that they have people will be here to support them. Empathy, kindness, and compassion are all traits I took away from this experience and ones I will put towards my educational philosophy forever.
My experience being a high school EAL/ESL tutor has taught me that I want to create a learning environment for my students where they feel comfortable speaking in their own language. I will do this by using visuals, speaking with my hands, and by trying to learn a word or phrase in each of my student’s first languages. There is much more that I would like to do in my classroom such as learning how to pronounce each of my students name correctly. Overall, this experience has been very beneficial and has changed the view of who I want to be as a teacher.
Another part of my educational philosophy is the inclusion of treaty ed. brought into the classroom in meaningful ways. Treaty education is not something that should only be brought up in social studies or history but in every subject. We are all Treaty people. We all live on the same land, uses the resources of the land and are affected by the treaties in some shape or form, we are treaty people. So it is important that we, as educators, recognize and make the distinct links that the past, present, and future is known in our classrooms because it affects all students. There are many ways to incorporate this into our teaching practices, lessons, and everyday life. Teaching Treaty education to your students is extremely important, very valuable, and most certainly part of my educational philosophy.
I fully believe in an inclusionary in the classroom. Every student is entitled to have an educational experience that includes them. This does not simply mean that all students are in the same classroom; as inclusion is not a location. However, it does mean that students are given the same opportunities to learn. I believe that educators can make these opportunities happen by creating a classroom environment that is suited all learning styles, all abilities, and by creating learning for all; not to just a specific group. By incorporating this educational philosophy you are enabling not one, but all of your students.
Lastly, people of all ages are online today. From young to old and everything in between the world as we know it has become forever enlarging an online space. There are Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook posts for just about everything. We are becoming an increasingly online world. It is in these times where educators use social media to increase classroom engagement amongst other things. As educators, we should promote the use digital tools such as social media in our classrooms instead of banning them. Incorporating technology into the classroom means bringing in many different wonderful forms learning from around the world into the classroom. I truley believe it not only the use of tech. tools but of integrating them into the classroom.
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