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Old 12-05-2015, 05:21 PM
 
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Has your philosophy of education changed since you have been teaching? What is your philosophy?


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Not at all! I read mine every year at BTS Night. I wrote it as a requirement for credential class. Basically, it states I believe it is my job to give children the tools they need to learn. It is up to them to use them.
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Honestly, I can't remember what I wrote when I was I grad school.

I do know that I, as a teacher have changed. I don't fight as many fights as I used to (for better or worse). I also don't do as many cool experiments as I used to.

In many ways in a better teacher and in many ways I'm not as good as I once was. I do believe that at the heart of it all my philosophy hasn't changed. I still believe it's my job to educate all students. Now I know I can't work harder than the students.
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I like your last line, that you cannot work harder than the students. Good advice!
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I have always believed my job is to understand every student at his/her level and help him/her move forward. That hasn't changed.

What has changed is the amount of effort I put into every student. It's not equal. I am trying not to get sucked into the needy and ignore the advanced. I am trying to help ALL students learn.


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and it hasn't changed! I wrote mine in college and just read it again this past summer when I was cleaning my closet.
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I've only been teaching 3 years but
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I think my philosophy has changed. In the beginning I would have said my job was to help children learn. But after three years of making breakfast for hungry kids, letting kids sleep when they hadn't the night before, and comforting them because their mothers drunk boyfriend pushed them down the stairs, my "why I teach" has changed a little. I teach to help children's lives be better and to help them make their lives count. My priorities have been to keep them safe and healthy, to teach them a little about decency, friendship and love, with academics my secondary focus if I'm honest.

Next year I'm going to teach in nice school where I don't expect to have as many kids with problems at home, so maybe I'll be able to focus more on teaching rather than mothering.

I guess I feel like my purpose as a teacher has to adapt to the specific kids I'm teaching. The one constant is trying to give children what they need. Maybe that could count as my overall "philosophy".

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Not at all! I read mine every year at BTS Night. I wrote it as a requirement for credential class. Basically, it states I believe it is my job to give children the tools they need to learn. It is up to them to use them.
Love that! Very true.

Good advice.
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