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Educational Philosophy for Danielle Liedtke The following Philosophy of Education is a statement of my views and beliefs on education and

teaching, developed over many years of classroom involvement. Through these experiences I have come to believe that education is the most important aspect of growth and development, giving an individual the vital skills that are necessary to build a life that is successful and prosperous. My decision to pursue teaching as a career is due to my inherent desire to make a positive impact in the life of a child. My personal philosophy can be described using five main factors; the nature of the student, the role of the teacher, curriculum emphasis, teaching methodologies, and the social function of educational institutions. Every student is unique, and therefore has developed an individual learning style. I believe that as an effective educator, one should take into account the students’ personal interests and needs; fostering a variety of learning styles in the classroom. I plan to create a child-centered classroom where students are free to discover and given the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed. I will develop a relationship with my students that is honest, open and respectful, recognizing them as individuals and accepting them for who they are. Although students may differ in the way in which they gain knowledge, I believe they all have the potential to learn. My job as an educator is to provide each child with high quality instruction that meets their specific needs. I believe that a teacher serves as a guide whose primary responsibility is to facilitate student learning. By providing children with necessary skills and opportunities, they will be able to discover meaningful knowledge at various stages of their lives. I strive to be a positive role model and source of nurturing support for each child, providing a safe and secure learning environment. A student-centered curriculum, which is organized around students’ needs and interests, is an essential aspect of my classroom. Knowledge is continuously evolving. Thus as an educator I must equip my students with problem-solving strategies that will enable them to discover meaningful knowledge at various stages of their lives. Within an educational setting, I believe that students should be continually encouraged to test ideas through active experimentation, as learning primarily occurs when a student is fully engaged in the process. My teaching style can be best described as one that incorporates a diversity of methodologies and techniques. I am an advocate of active learning, and believe that indirect instruction should be included alongside the traditional method of direct teaching, keeping students engaged and cognitively active. As an educator, I will plan lessons that draw upon each child’s strengths to improve academic development. Education is the way in which we ensure that our society continues to evolve successfully. Educational institutions provide children with the fundamental tools and skills necessary to function in society as knowledgeable citizens in a culturally diverse world. It is

essential that schools make a significant contribution in the reconstruction of our society by becoming the driving force for planning and directing social change. As an educator, I believe that I am accountable for developing new and innovative ways to teach students problem solving skills, self-regulation, and logical consequences; which will help students succeed in the future. To conclude, my goal as a teacher is to create a positive educational environment that will provide a place for students to learn, grow, and succeed. I hope to provide effective opportunities and tools necessary for children to learn through experience, and thus gain the skills needed in order to function as informed and responsible citizens. Students will look back on the time they spent in my classroom and remember me as an individual with a passion for teaching and who sincerely cared about their well being.