Philosophy of Education
My philosophy of education is based upon the idea that all students can learn. As their teacher I am there to facilitate their development through a positive and enriching classroom. I believe it is essential to foster children’s intrinsic need to learn by generating engaging and innovative learning experiences which not only are relevant to academic skills but also encourages collaboration and creativity. I believe students should be provided with the opportunity to be active participants in the learning environment through movement and freedom of choice. Emphasis on designing purposeful lessons based on student-centered learning is essential in order to meet all student’s needs.
Philosophy of Discipline
I believe children are innately good and that early childhood should be valued as a special time of growth and change. I view discipline as a learning process in which all children go through at different levels and pace. Based on twenty-five years experience with this age group, I have found that children are most receptive when relationships between teacher and student are built upon mutual respect. Feeling safe in their environment and being treated with love and kindness may contribute to higher self worth and increased active engagement throughout the learning process. I have developed clear expectations for behavior in addition to utilizing character traits such as kindness, tolerance, patience, loyalty, accountability and trust in our problem solving and class discussions.
Philosophy of Early Childhood Technology
The role of technology is becoming increasingly more common in the lives of young children. Therefore, it is important that educators have a clear understanding of how to implement and develop these new opportunities for learning in a digital age.
I believe the use of technology integration in early childhood first and foremost must be generated with Developmentally Appropriate Practice in mind. This means that when utilizing technology, educators must consider all aspects of each individual child including social/emotional, physical and cognitive development as well as a child’s specific strengths, needs and interests. Providing technological experiences with this in mind will not only enhance learning but also will prolong the active engagement period.
I am also a firm believer in the theory of learning called Constructionism. The theory was developed many years ago by a philosopher named Seymour Papert, which implies that children construct their own learning through discovery of information added to what they already know and participation in project-based learning. In other words, children learn best when constructing their own ideas and being producers of interactive content rather than consumers of information.
So what does technology look like in my classroom? Students creating, designing, programming, exploring, discovering and playing on the devices. It means making meaningful projects created from their own minds on their chromebooks in a learning environment where mistakes are not only allowed but encouraged. What better way is there to learn than from failing and trying again until completion? In my classroom, students are made aware when their teacher is at fault and are encouraged to observe until it is corrected. My students, therefore, are inspired by their teacher’s tenacity and ability to navigate through a difficult task until succeeding.
Students develop competence and confidence as a result of utilizing technology in kindergarten. They learn to use technology as a powerful tool to meet their academic goals and standards. Students are empowered by capturing their own creative ideas in an individual digital portfolio for themselves and others to see. They are also fully engaged in authentic, meaningful learning experiences throughout their day to give them the best start possible in their first year of formal school. They learn that collaborating with their peers on technological project development is a way to gain new insights they might not have otherwise known. As adults we know that collaboration with others is imperative in this multi-faceted world we live in. My students learn in the process that their peers can positively contribute to their learning just as their teacher at school or their caregivers at home.
Lastly, it is important to recognize that our classroom is a “blended” learning environment. This is a student-centered approach to teaching and learning that involves the integration of online interaction with face-to-face teacher and peer interaction. Traditional methods are combined with technology to provide a balanced kindergarten program. Along with the teacher’s guidance, students in part have control over their own learning. Creativity, imagination, autonomy, critical thinking, communication and collaboration are all supported in a blended learning classroom.
**Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding my philosophies.