Teaching Philosophy Statement
“Teaching is not a profession; it’s a passion. Without passion for your subject and a desire for your students to learn and be the best in the world, then we have failed as a teacher and failure is not an option.” –John F. Podojil. In my opinion, this quotation is very true. If you do not have the passion to teach your students what is right in the world and what makes them be the best they can be, then you are not really teaching your students or you have failed and failure is not an option. I want to not only teach my students important subject manner but be an inspiration to my students as well. I want to be the teacher that students will come back to in ten or fifteen years and say, “You have inspired me in more ways than one. Not only did you inspire me to be a better person, but you inspired me to do better academically as well.” This is when I know for sure that I have made a difference in a child’s life.
If I can have an impact on one child’s life, then I feel that I have fulfilled my duties as a teacher. One of the major influences that pushed me towards a career in teaching is that that I will impact a child’s life in more than one way. As a student’s teacher you are their role model and I feel that I will make a very acceptable role model to most if not all of my students. I have talked to my past teachers about the “role model” topic. Most people find it odd that I do not want to teach higher grades; such as a high school class for instance, just because of the fact that not many males want to teach in the early elementary grades. I feel that as a teacher I will be a father figure to the boys and girls in the classroom that are from single mother homes that don’t have a father figure. All of my past teachers said that boys need male role models because they have a better connection with a male than a female.
When I first thought about this I thought, “Oh my God, I’m going to be a role model for most of the male students in my class!” It’s kind of overwhelming when you think about it. But then I thought, “I’m a great guy and a good hearted individual; I have nothing to worry about except for maybe the first day!”
My teaching style will be an eclectic blend of all the teaching philosophies, I think my main teaching philosophy will mostly be a mix of essentialism and existentialism. As a K-8 teacher I feel that you should teach the “traditional” subjects to students this helps to develop their character, which will affect them for the rest of their lives in society. I also believe that students should be able to express themselves in some way throughout the school year by the means of playing games to help them learn to do things and being able to have at least once during the school...