My Teaching Philosophy In Early Childhood Education

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Teaching philosophy is described by Sadker and Sadker as, “Behind every school and every teacher is a set of related beliefs - a philosophy of education – that influences what and how students are taught. A philosophy of education represents answers to questions about the purpose of schooling, a teacher’s role and what should be taught and by what methods.” (Teacher, Schools and Society. 2005). With this definition in consideration, my teaching philosophy is “I believe that children learn best when they are given the chance to choose, discuss and explore what they want to learn, when they want to learn and how they want to learn. I believe that a teacher’s role is to prepare an environment where children can fully realize their potential…show more content…
With this in mind, I hope that my teaching philosophy acts as a compass on my journey to becoming an effective early childhood educator. Every child is unique and therefore their needs would also be different from one another. As a teacher, it is important for me to distinguish the different learning styles, learning development and personalities of each child. Developing a curriculum around the interests of children will allow me to learn more about their emotional, social, physical and cognitive readiness. Learning seems to be an inherent quality of children and most early childhood intellectuals believe that the best way to help a child learn is by…show more content…
As a teacher, it is my responsibility to share information on the development of the child and have a clear and constant flow of dialogue with the family. This will enable both parties to deal with any issues that may arise within the family, school or community. It also my belief that parents should have an active part in their child’s learning and be able to lend a hand whenever necessary, and having open communication with them will allow this transparency and connection between home and school. The community is vital in ensuring that the facilities around the community and school is appropriate for the different children and families to live in and grow. A very good example of this successful collaboration is the Reggio Emilia approach in Italy. The success of this program can be attributed to one of its main principles where there is a strong parent-teacher-community cooperation, as Gandini said (2003), “Education has to focus on each child, not considered in isolation, but seen in relation with the family, with the other children, with the teachers, with the environment of the school, with the community, and with the wider society” (Values and Principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach section, para.
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