Philosophy of Teaching Kyle Dunnett

Throughout my school career, I was lucky enough to have teachers to encourage and

support me to give me the best chance to success. They cared about me and my well-being. For

them, teaching wasn’t just a career, but a responsibility to make a difference in the lives of their

students. Teachers who had a major impact on my life. They made me realize the importance of

being a “teacher” and guided me to me realize that I was meant to be teacher; to be able to

make a difference. Teaching shouldn’t be just about the pay cheque; it needs to be about

molding students minds and allowing them succeed and to be the best person that they can

possibly be. Letting students acknowledge that they are capable of anything if they set their

minds to it and believe in themselves.

Building relationships with your students is a key component to being a great teacher

and role model. Figuring out the interests of students and incorporating them into your lesson

plan is important to keep them interested and engaged in their learning. Three assessment tool

strategies that I’ve learned and agree with are: formative assessment, self-assessment and

summative assessment. Assessing students is an important essential role as a teacher, it allows

parents, students, teachers, etc. to see how well the student has progressed and what the child

needs improvement on to give the student a greater chance at success.

Formative assessment, is something that I strongly believe in as a teacher. Formative is a

way of assessing students by recording notes on their behaviour/work ethic or using check list

to see how they understand. This is a format/strategy that I would use in my classroom because

I believe that it will eliminate the risk of students stressing out over grades. This form of
assessment is not graded and is used to track students’ progress and understanding of material.

Formative assessment can be given through a variety of ways and implicated to accommodate

each student. Including both formal - paper and pencil quiz and informal discussion with a

student. I believe that formative assessment should be used throughout the learning process so

that teachers can track students learning and modify lessons to meet the needs of all students.

This is one strategy that I will be using in my own classroom. I do agree that with doing this type

of assessment, it is still important to keep your students informed with where they are and how

they can improve.

Summative assessment is assessing students by giving them a test that covers

everything that they have learnt, doing projects also can be known as a form of summative

assessment. For example, if my class did a unit on weather then I would get them to do a

project on weather. I believe that summative assessment should not be the only form of

assessment, in my future classroom summative assessment will only be done when needed. As

a student, testing was something that I wasn’t good at because I would always second guessed

myself. It’s not that I didn’t understand that material it was the fact that I would blank.

Therefore, as a future educator I vow that summative assessment will be done only when

necessary. The only way I would use this, would be at the very end of a unit I would test my

students to see how well the understood by either doing a test or project.

Self-Assessment is another way that I would incorporate in my classroom. Self-

assessment provides time for students to process and learn. When teachers engage students in

self-assessment, they give them time to: process to learn during teaching time, give themselves

feedback and transition from one activity or class to another. The result is that teachers have an
opportunity to find out what student are thinking and the kinds of understandings that are

developing (Davies, 2011, pg. 57). As a teacher, I plan to use self assessment so students can

become responsible for their learning and allow them to have an active role in their learning

process.

In conclusion, there a variety of different ways that teachers can assess students. The

top two tools of assessment that I will incorporate in my future classroom will be formative and

self- assessment. I believe that students will achieve more with knowing these are the ways

that they will be getting assessed, which is by their understanding; rather than summative

which gives students anxiety and stress when given a test or difficult assignment.