My educational philosophy has three elements – inclusive education, student-centered learning, and continuous professional development. Together with the academic curriculum there must be a preparation for future success focusing on respect, acceptance, resilience, perseverance, citizenship, support for others and enhancing self-esteem and self-worth. This must be offered in a caring and secure environment that places achievement and the celebration of success of every student.
Inclusive education is an integral part to aid students with different learning preferences and create a caring, community of learners. Inclusive education embraces diversity and learner differences and promotes equal opportunity for all students. The teacher must understand learner strengths and needs, and reduce barriers to learning within the learning environment. Today, students must be at the center of learning. No longer is the teacher the imparter of knowledge; technology has made knowledge ubiquitous, placing the teacher as a facilitator of learning. Student-centered learning encourages students to become autonomous learners and ultimately they become in charge of their own learning. As a result, students become active and receptive learners.
A successful teacher must be a role model for the students he or she has contact with. The importance of this, in today’s society is vital, and therefore cannot be underestimated. Being a successful role model, not only to students but also the staff is essential to help a school achieve their ultimate goal of raising achievement for all. For a teacher to succeed, those he or she teaches must succeed. In this role I would make professional development a priority. Also, I would implement reliable and valid assessment of students a priority. The ability to monitor quality of learning, quality of engagement, student progress and the reinforcement of school policies is essential. The role of a teacher is to implement school policies, set standards and promote a positive school ethos.
To be a teacher will require many skills. Skills I possess, and skills I am aware I must develop through observation, experience, professional development, support from my administration, and simply by asking colleagues. I can be described as a person who comes up with initiatives and at the same time be adaptable to change. Extracurricular activities are very important to me. I have organized, observed and managed several school events. The aim of extracurricular activities is to support the achievement, welfare, development and security of children. These opportunities would be a major part of the ethos I would look to build and develop in the school.
It has always been my philosophy to seek and embrace new challenges. I am someone who is always open to advice and support. I organize myself efficiently and have readily accepted the chance to broaden my responsibilities demonstrating versatility and willingness to take up new opportunities. One of my early priorities would be to draw upon examples of good practice I have experienced, and been a part of, and use them when establishing myself as a teacher.