As a teacher, I am an advocate for each student’s education. I believe that all students have the potential to become confident, responsible, and knowledgeable citizens. For students to reach this potential, I believe that all students should be educated in a safe, yet challenging environment. This environment is where all safety needs are being met and the students are challenged to do their best.
All students have strengths and needs that differ from those of their peers. I believe that it is my responsibility to assess the students in order to discover what those strengths and needs are. The students drive instruction. Formal and informal assessments complement each other, both filling in each other’s gaps. These assessments paint a picture of the classroom community, showcasing the students’ identities. Classrooms are made up of a diverse group of identities; while some are academic, others are social. Social identities need to be respected and nurtured in addition to their academic identities. An individual’s social identity plays an integral role in his or her values and motivations. Knowing a student’s interests and values can motivate him or her to engage in academic activities that allow a greater level of comprehension regarding the material.
I believe that a teacher’s responsibility is to not only teach standards-based content, but to teach students how to learn. More importantly, a teacher should teach the students that learning is a life-long experience; it doesn't cease with the final bell at the end of the day, but continues for the rest of a person’s life.
I believe that I will never be finished with my education. From pursuing an advanced degree to “Googling” subjects that I am curious about, I am a life-long learner. As a teacher, this means I am always looking at the subject standards and the research behind them. I strive for all students to become confident, responsible, and knowledgeable citizens. I must emulate those characteristics and grow as both an educator and a learner.
Teaching is not just a job. It is a calling and my passion. My classroom will be that safe harbor for my students where they are all accepted, respected, encouraged, challenged, and loved. In order for my students to give me their best, they deserve my very best. My classroom will be filled with questions, answers, cooperation, laughter, thinking, high expectations, extra help, and fun.