Personal Philosophy of Education
Education is vital for a society to progress socially and economically. It is not merely about the accumulation of knowledge but the ability to communicate, negotiate and problem solve in a rapidly changing world. Every student is a member of society and has something to contribute. It is the teacher’s role to enable every student to find their part in the world.
The classroom is a community within the school community and prepares students for a role in the broader community. Therefore, the classroom is a place for learning values and social behaviour in order for the students to be able to not only participate but contribute to that broader community. The teacher needs to model appropriate values and expect the same from the students.
I believe students learn best when they have a sense of ownership over their progress. Teachers should facilitate the learning process so that students are self-directed as much as possible. To maintain students’ interest, content needs to be made real and relevant through integrating technology with a variety of pedagogical approaches, since technology is part of every day existence in Australia. Careers and workplaces are no longer static and hence our students need to be flexible and be able to quickly adapt to changing circumstances.
In the senior years, when education is more heavily driven by final exams, there needs to be a balanced approach. A student’s final school mark is a gateway to opportunities in the future and is hence a critical aspect of their learning. It is also important to focus on learning for life. However, the two are not mutually exclusive. Through a passion for learning students are more likely to achieve at a higher level in exams too.
A firm, fair and friendly approach aids discipline in the classroom. The learning environment needs to be respected and valued by all who participate within it. Preparation and communication are key to making this a reality and boundaries must be clear and maintained. Yet, compassion will also have a role to play at times, according to individual circumstances. In a secondary school students are coping with many physical, social and cognitive changes. There are also a wide range of family situations and difficulties students are experiencing at home and carrying with them emotionally. It is important to be aware of these factors when teaching.
As a Christian, I believe I have been called to the teaching profession. I try to let my faith and principles guide my teaching, my whole life, as I strive to be the best I can be.