Statement of Educational Goals and Philosophy
It is often said that the first impression you make on someone is the most
important. It can never happen again and usually is not forgotten. I believe this is true for education also. Kindergarten or preschool is a child's first impression of school. Whether that impression is a good or bad one it will affect the child through the rest of their schooling. I was fortunate to have a great first impression of school which helped me to decide to become a teacher. There are many reasons why I have chosen Elementary Education as my major. The biggest reason is not only because I have always had a love for children but also for learning. Ever since I was a little girl, I would sit in my bedroom and play school. I had my own chalk board and I would teach to an imaginary class. I was continuously trying to learn new things and am still doing that to this day.
The vision that I have for my classroom is like most of the classes I was in when I was in elementary school. They were very colorful, full of books and art projects, and made you feel like you were at home. I will arrange the seats in clusters, in which two students will set beside each other and then they will face two other students. I believe that this is a less intimidating arrangement and allows the students to gain social skills The bulletin boards will have every students art work or projects hanging up. The room will be decorated according to what time of year it is. My supplemental
materials will include extra books for the children to read, craft supplies, and anything else that I can find that will make learning more enjoyable for the students. The projects that I will do will explore different cognitive styles. This is so that each child will be able to grasp what I am teaching in the way they learn best.
Every situation requires a different approach or style. I will have a mixture
between an authoritarian and non-authoritarian classroom. When it comes to organization I believe that to be effective and efficient you need to be organized. By planning ahead and having material prepared for the days task that leaves more time for interaction with the students and time that they will spend learning. However, I believe that a little spontaneity is also important because without it you lead yourself into boredom and you take your students with you. Motivation is a very important aspect for success in school. There are many ways to motivate children including giving rewards, allowing them to take an active role in their education and by just encouraging them to do the best that they can do. When children are motivated...