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Kendra Cooper

Philosophy of Teaching

My philosophy of teaching is multifaceted; however, it remains grounded in the

philosophy of essentialism. As an early childhood educator, it is crucial to build the foundation

and skills students will need all throughout life. This includes academic skills such as numbers

and the alphabet, to gross and fine motor and social skills. Early childhood education builds the

foundation for the journey of education throughout the lifespan.

I strongly believe in providing structure and routine. These concepts provide students

with security and stability in the classroom and they will quickly learn the expectations and

limitations within the classroom. With these in place, the classroom becomes a conducive

learning environment. Within this environment students can be empowered and are encouraged

to become responsible for their learning. This positive learning experience will foster a love of

learning that students will hopefully carry with them even when they leave my classroom.

There is always room for growth and improvement and as teachers we have to ability to

teach and be taught by our students. Being lifelong learners is something that we can pass onto

our students so they too can be learning for their entire lifetime. To our students we play many

roles, not just an educator, and specifically we are role models. It is important to be accepting of

all our students. The classroom should be a safe place for all students. I aim to promote an

environment in which cultural differences are not only recognized but celebrated. Every student

is unique and contributes to the classroom community. Each student is a piece of the puzzle and

together as a class they make the picture.

Since each student is unique, they all learn in their own way and at their own pace.

Therefore, it is important to vary methods of instruction within the classroom. Constructivism

and direct teaching both have benefits and should be used when appropriate. It is vital that

teachers remain flexible in their teaching style to ensure that the needs of all learners are being

met. It is not uncommon for a classroom to have students who are below, at, and above grade

level. To be an effective teacher, all the student’s needs must be considered. Differentiated

teaching is crucial when this situation occurs. In my classroom I would promote equity rather

than equality. Equality only works when the students are at the same place and need the same

help. In a classroom with varying needs, the students do not all need the same help, but rather

individualized assistance that is tailored to their needs. Equity can be achieved in many ways

including providing differentiated assignments for students. Everyone can be successful when

met at their level.

Ultimately, as teachers we have a responsibility to do what is best for our students.

Personally, I believe that all students should be given the opportunity to be taught the knowledge

that they need to live their lives. In addition to curriculum content, early childhood education

builds the personal and social skills of the students. All this knowledge lays the foundation for

future learning. The early years of childhood education are crucial to student development and

these tiny humans will grow into teenagers and adults carrying the essential knowledge that they

learned so many years ago.