My philosophy and my commitment: I believe that all children are unique individuals and are
eager to learn from a mentor who will guide them in a positive direction and
expand their realm of knowledge. Educators are not simply lecturers where the
student is the note taker, but the teacher is a facilitator of knowledge assisting the
student along the pathway to a successful life of learning. Students should be encouraged to make mistakes and learn
from them while they generate their own ideas and lead the discussions in the classroom.
I am passionate about Visual arts in the curriculum because it provides for sensory, emotional, intellectual and
creative enrichment and contributes to the child’s holistic development. The
student is able to learn in a authentic environment that stimulates
creative thinking that they may not be getting in other subject areas. I strongly believe that taking the time to get to know the
students' personal interests and applying them to the lessons as much as possible is time well
spent because if the students can connect to the topic then their attention is more likely to be held and learning is more likely to occur. Student and teacher bonding is important because it will create a sense of community and trust that will elicit interest
in the lesson and a passion for learning.
As an educator, it is my responsibility to meet the needs of all students by using a variety of strategies with students who are needing additional
support. I will be teaching grades k-6 and understand I will need to differentiate my teaching based on individual needs. I plan to adapt the lessons so that they are challenging enough for every student within their scope of capability such as providing opportunities for creativity and scaffolds for those who are needing additional support in order to succeed.
I believe students deserve a learning environment that
is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable where they are contributors of the
learning process. Successful teaching begins with a strong behavior management
system; therefore,I establish and
enforce rules of behavior and procedures for maintaining order by
demonstrating my expectations and practicing with the students. I reward positive behavior to initiate a positive result from the rest of the class and I rely heavily on respect for one another and respect for school property. It's as simple as the old saying goes, "treat others the way you'd like to be treated," and "everyone deserves respect, but you need to give if you wish for it in return."
The Advantages of Having Art in Elementary Schools by Van Thompson, Demand Med