As a professional in the education field, my teaching philosophy, while resolute, is one that
continues to evolve as I grow and have different experiences in the classroom. I strive to make a
positive influence in all of my students. When teaching, it is important to me that critical thinking
skills are developed for my students in order for them to have a successful life both inside and
outside the classroom.
I believe the environment a student is placed in is directly related to a student’s ability to learn.
Both physically and emotionally safe, the environment I provide for my students is created
through respect. Respect needs to be a two way street, which is equally shown by students to meand by me to my students. I show respect to my students by always finding positive substance in their responses, or by actively listening to their view on a subject. If an environment of mutual respect is created then the classroom becomes less teacher-directed and more student-centered. When a classroom is student-centered it enables the students to gain a sense of belonging and develop higher self esteem. Both of which allow children to reach the level of self actualization that is needed to be truly free to learn.