"To teach means not only to impart what we know, but also to reveal who we are by living what we believe."
- Late Pope John Paul II, September 1984
As a soon-to-be primary school teacher I want to be able to take part in the development and enrichment of students' lives as they prepare for their futures. I am a provider of stability and support for all students, encouraging them to excel in all that they do.
I believe that planning and sourcing resources before each lesson is very important, whatever it may be and strategically link them into the students' pedagogy for a smoother flow in my teaching. My enthusiasm and well planned preparation will improve the students' attention and motivation rates, resulting in good behaviour. Students need to know how to solve problems instead of becoming encyclopaedias' of knowledge. Therefore, ideally I offer choice and options, vary my teaching strategies, personalise student learning, value difference and specialise knowledge by associating the curriculum with real life issues and problems to gain the focused attention of the students. I recognise that students have different abilities; therefore I aim to use explicit teaching and thinking processes, with clear examples and high-expectations of the students. For example I will endeavour to use open-ended questions which are valuable tools for students to create meaningful patterns and links to ideas in their learning process
An important motivator for student learning is for me to build a clear expectation of success, encourage the students in all that they do and provide fair and beneficial assessment. I need to ensure that the curriculum directly links to the learning outcomes/essential learnings of each key learning area while recognising and acknowledging achievement. This approach will further aid in the stability of and the students trust in the learning environment.
'Teaching is the art of shaping and molding students to become lifelong learners in a challenging world.'
As a professional I respect my peers and will teach students to respect others by being a good example. Respect is vital, especially because there are many social and cultural differences in schools.
I believe that as a teacher I play a huge role, not only in the development of students for their future but also to build their confidence, purpose and personal sense of responsibility. Therefore I need to continually reflect on what I have said and done in the classroom so as not to make the same unforeseen errors or to expand on strategies that have worked previously.
The best way for me to describe my teaching philosophy is to use the notion of a journey. Whether I work with students at the beginning of their education or near the end of their primary education or anywhere in between, often the goals and tools needed for the eventual successful completion of the journey are the same: interest, courage, and the realization that the journey never ends. I know I am only one of the teachers these students are going to come across along the way and I also understand that I am encountering them "en route", each having arrived from different paths and each facing different challenges. It is with this knowledge that I approach and have so far developed my teaching philosophy.
- Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane. (1998). Celebration and Challenge - The Teacher in a catholic School (p7) Brisbane, Australia