Philosophy of Education
“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” -Forest E. Witcraft
Aboriginal people correctly considered every child to be a sacred being.
Adults have so much to learn from children. By investing our time, patience, respect, and love into these sacred beings, who are so worthy of our best, we are investing in society’s future. Barbara Colorossa was right when she said “Kids are worth it.”
Great teachers are awakeners; facilitators who guide each child towards a fuller understanding of themselves, what they are good at and what they need to work on. Awakeners help individuals understand that their contribution to the world is not only important, but vital. The awakener shows the child where to look and guides them to discovery, but never tells the child what to see. They understand that knowledge and truth is individual and comes from within.
A great teacher strives to help each child foster a positive attitude towards themselves, others, and learning, and assists them in re-framing mistakes as opportunities to learn.
A great teacher helps each child experience the determination of pushing towards a goal, the pride of success, and the realization that there is always an opportunity to try again.
Great teachers are not judgmental. They understand each parent is doing the best they can with the tools available to them, and that each child has the ability to learn when information is presented in a way which resonates with them.
Great teachers are humorous, have the ability to laugh at themselves, let kids be kids, admit when they are wrong or do not know, and try not to sweat the small stuff.
Great teachers think outside the box.
Great teachers give children choices, teach empathy and respect, create community within the classroom, tailor curriculum to student’s varying needs, strive for engagement, and establish boundaries without being rigid.
Great teachers are fair and they take the concerns of children seriously. They are good listeners.
Great teachers are enthusiastic, positive, and creative. They strive to make learning fun.
Great teachers are open to new ideas, have good communication skills, and are contributing members of a team.
A great teacher is a good role model inside and outside of school. They are humble and possess an awareness of being unfinished. Great teachers self-reflect and set goals to improve.
Great teachers have aesthetically beautiful classrooms that promote and display learning. Their classrooms become a reflection of the students within; their knowledge, interests, cultures, and families. Families feel like welcome contributors to the classroom environment and the learning. Families feel informed.
Great teachers ensure that every child feels like they belong and are an important part of the classroom, school, and community.
Great teacher understand that curriculum includes everything. As such, every situation, good or bad, academic or social, becomes an opportunity for learning.
Great teachers have good intentions; they want students to be successful at school and at life. However, they are realistic and realize as a human beings, they will know success and failure, bad days and good, joy and sorrow, and that they will win some and lose some. This will be true for their students as well. Great teachers understand that life is about learning, problem solving, creating beauty, finding meaning, discovering relevance, getting along, and doing our best. Great teachers understand the human experience and feel blessed of their opportunity and awestruck by the responsibility, of empowering sacred beings to establish a strong foundation of knowledge on which to begin building their lives.
– Julie Rempel – “Good teachers are good, but I want to be great, exceptional, inspiring. I want to make a positive difference in the life of every child.”
Two of my favorite quotes about education and teaching: