Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy about children starts with a basic belief that all children have the potential for learning and being excited about the world. Through hands-on activities and guidance, children develop into well rounded individuals. I often encourage children to explore their passions and questions they may develop along the way. It is a main goal of mine that children should be both independent while still being able to ask for help when they need it. Children should feel proud of their accomplishments and have an environment available that facilitates the development of social skills. Typically developing children and children with special needs should have equal opportunity for this. All children should be able to work together and learn from each other in a well structured and welcoming classroom.

I want to allow children to be an active part in their learning experience through both large group and small group activities. Skills that are learned in the early childhood years will help to foster later learning experiences. Learning should not be confined to the classroom setting. Instead, every aspect of the day should be considered an opportunity for gaining knowledge and children should be able to explore new experiences both indoors and outdoors. To support active learning I provide as many rich experiences as possible for children, even if it is during a transition or snack time.

As a teacher, I have knowledge of the children in my care; however, the family is the first and most influential element in the child’s life. Because of this, it is valuable to communicate directly and often with the family of a child. It is important to connect by inviting the family to know about the happenings of the classroom through regular interactions and newsletters. It is then my responsibility to share this with each family and leave an open mind for any questions or concerns about the activity in the room

A direct and open relationship with families of the children in my care can be beneficial with a diverse group. Any cultural or personal background information can be incredibly helpful when working with individual children. I want the classroom to be an extension of the home whenever possible. Often children spend large portions of their week in a school setting and this should feel comfortable, safe and natural for them. This can be achieved by creating a personalized environment that allows for both individual and group success.