My professional philosophy statement
My goal is to provide a safe, nurturing, child-centered environment with a high-quality educational program that serves diverse children and families.
My philosophical beliefs are based in my knowledge of child development, theories of child behavior, and acceptable best practices for educating young children: Understanding children’s play and the teacher’s role in guiding and facilitating cognitive, social, emotional and physical development through play. Building relationships with children and families through dialogue, understanding, and interactive experiences. Encouraging children to make decisions while learning and to understand how their decisions affect others. Guiding children through teacher-planned, child-initiated activities based on children’s interests. These activities enhance children’s skills in all areas of development. My goal is to provide an environment that is safe, accessible, interesting, and child-centered. I want to provide nurturance, guidance and experiences to maximize children’s total development. This is based on following statements:
All children have the right to be accepted, respected, and embraced as competent. Children are continuous learners and learn best within the context of family and their everyday experiences. Children construct knowledge by active participation with real materials and the environment. Free play is essential in developing the cognitive skills of children. Development of the “whole child” with a focus on promoting social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development should always be the main goal. Assessment of children should be on-going, reflective of children’s experiences, and occur within the context of daily classroom activities. Children’s family/cultural backgrounds broaden the curriculum for all children. Collaboration between families and teachers supports the development of the child and home-school relationships. My continuous professional development enhances my abilities to teach.