My Six Pedagogical Principles of Teaching
I believe that all students have an innate desire to learn. When I see active involvement in the classroom from students i.e. group discussion, asking questions or voicing comments, I know it is because the teacher is reflecting their own passion for learning onto their students.
I believe that becoming a successful educator involves personable relationships with students. Positive and welcoming relationships with students has serious implications on both academic and social development of children. If a student feels as if they are accepted by their teacher, it will draw them to the learning process and give them a desire to engage in the classroom.
I believe that the best way to get students engaged is through movement, capitalizing on student strengths, and pushing comfort zones. I will do this through differentiated instruction i.e. table groups, open class discussion, choice assignments, active brain breaks, and outdoor learning.
Continuous assessment is the key to successful teacher-student instruction. Assessment tells us as educators what is working, and what is not. When an individual or group of students seem to be struggling with a concept, the first thing I do is look at my assessments and data collection, then ask myself, “Where do I need to change my instruction so that this/these student(s) needs are being met?”.
Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do little, but together we can do so much”. I believe that teaching is a team effort. We all come to education with a common goal: to make learning an engaging, fun, and memorable experience. With these, we know that our students are well on their way to becoming positive contributors to society. Gaining perspective from others, sharing ideas, and expressing what has worked for one or the other not only lifts us up as professionals, it generates great strides towards our educational goals.
Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking it is stupid”. This quote speaks volumes about my teaching style. I believe that learners are diverse in learning styles, ability, cultural background, economic background, and personality. It is my job as a teacher to accommodate and embrace the differences of each student for them to succeed. Education today is not a “one size fits all” approach. Though used in the past, this strategy is not successful with the students of today. Education has changed to embrace diversity. I will contribute to this embrace by fostering citizenship, social issue awareness, and passion to make a difference in the world.