I believe that all students have the ability to learn, and for this reason, I commit to planning purposefully and differentiating instruction to maximize their learning experience. I understand the role of the teacher as much more than a mere transmitter of knowledge. In today’s classroom, we act as caregivers, models of respect and flexibility, and facilitate authentic learning. I believe students should consistently be challenged to meet appropriately set expectations, guiding them through and celebrating the accomplishment of their learning goals. Education, in my opinion, must begin where the student is at, acknowledging their prior knowledge and experiences, and then, wherever, whenever, and however possible, I believe the next steps must involve planning out educational goals that suit the individual learning styles and needs of each student. I recognize the unique differences every student brings to the classroom, and know that in providing equitable treatment I must address the various abilities, interests, and cultural backgrounds in an inclusive approach that sets every student up for success. As teachers, we are responsible for providing students with a safe learning environment that is founded in principles of respect, care, trust, and integrity.
Albert Einstein once said “the important thing is to not stop questioning”. I strongly believe that if as teachers we can ignite the curiosity and wonderings that motivate learning within our students, we might transform students into lifelong learners through the continuous development of critical thinking skills. I endeavour to connect my students’ lives with the concepts taught in class, further providing opportunities for inquiry and collaboration, building on students’ interests and learning goals. Likewise, I believe that teachers must also act as lifelong learners, actively seeking current knowledge and strategies to better serve their students. As such, I will continue to develop and act out professional development plans, reflecting on learning theories, pedagogy, curriculum, educational research, and relevant policies and legislation, ensuring I am informed to perform effectively in practice.
I believe teachers have a distinct opportunity and responsibility to improve the future, one student at a time. An effective teacher has a vision which is reflected in their instructional techniques, purposeful planning and assessments, and consistent classroom management strategies.
I believe in my students!