My educational philosophy is ongoing and forever changing. A career in education is one where you never stop learning, I love this! Each of my experiences in a classroom setting has brought out different beliefs I have and bring to my future classroom.
Education is a right to all children. However, the education a student may receive varies on their experiences. My experience at Paul Dojack Youth Centre taught me this: students are kids and they make mistakes. No individual is perfect and people have lapses in judgment. But, we must think critically and consider the context for that lapse in judgment. Context is crucial. You never know what kind of life your student has had, or currently has, when they enter your classroom. For some students, you could be the only positive influence in their lives. In my classroom, I want to address this societal construction by working together with 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 qualities of the future educator I intend to be.
I believe that Treaty education should be 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 and are affected by treaties in some shape or form. It is important to me that I recognize and make the distinct links between how the past affects the present and future known in my classroom because it touches the lives of all students. There are many ways to incorporate this into my teaching practices, lessons, and everyday life. Teaching Treaty education to students is extremely important, is included in the curriculum, and practicing it in the classroom is 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.
People of all ages are online today. From young to old and everyone 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 truly believe it not only the use of tech. tools but of integrating them into the classroom.
Love, kindness, and caring are all traits that have impacted my educational philosophy beyond belief. My cooperating teacher, for pre-internship, gave me an amazing piece of advice to live by:
“If a student learns something along the way that’s a bonus. But if your students walk in and walk out of your room each day knowing that they are loved – then you have done your job – and you have done it well.”
I intend to do my job well.
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