Philosophy of Education
Felicia Danielle Holdren
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for EDEC 1001
1. Kids do well if they can. If they could do well, they would. Behavior is a skill. We need to provide good, clear interventions and differentiation, but still continue to be supportive.
2. Start with strengths. We must create the conditions for students to see and feel real success. Start with their strengths from the very beginning.
3. Students need to feel that they belong. We must maintain the goal of creating a sense of belonging in the classroom.
4. Students need to feel that they matter. Take the time to connect ...view middle of the document...
My philosophy is mostly based on the theorists Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Maria Montessori. Other Theorists are added with certain points. I believe that as an early childhood educator I am responsible for providing young children with positive learning experiences. I strive to model respect, patient, and care for children and adults I come in contact with. Children have the right to have their needs met and receive the proper education while in the care of their educators. Children are motivated to learn when they have opportunities to make choices in an environment that is enriching and stimulating.
Children are curious from infancy and have a desire to learn from their environment and those around them. When children are encouraged to interact with their peers and adults in positive ways, they feel safe to explore their surroundings. As a teacher I seek to guide children from needing assistance with a task to accomplishing a task independently by providing experiences that are challenging yet attainable for every child. I facilitate learning through the in depth study of a subject that is of interest to children. Children can be highly motivated, feel actively involved in their own learning and produce work of high quality when they have the time to engage in short and long term projects.
Having personal experience with involving parents, I know that this has improved academic progress with most children. Teachers are not just the facilitator, but parents as well. In my class, being a preschool teacher, I introduce tracing. I send home tracing packets on Mondays and have them turned in on Fridays. I have learned that my parents greatly enjoys this and being involved in their child’s learning. I also do a...