With the exception of parents and guardians, teachers and caregivers are the most influential people in a child's life. This is an awesome responsibility, not to be taken lightly. To fully help a child you must realize that they come to you from different backgrounds, possess different interests and abilities, and have unique ways of learning and interpreting their environment. Children do not exist merely as students, but rather, they are complex individuals. As a teacher you must be willing to treat each child as an individual as you teach to all the child's selves; social, emotional, physical, and cognitive. To best facilitate this you must be aware of who they are, how they learn, and how they function outside your classroom. This is most effectively done when a partnership with the parents or guardians is established.
I think children learn best when they feel good about themselves. I will strive to create a classroom environment that fosters self-esteem. Through positive reinforcement, realistic goal setting, and constant monitoring of children's achievements and struggles, I will be able to help a child develop at their own pace. To gain the child's interest and enthusiasm I will have an emergent curriculum. This also allows the child to feel a sense of ownership of the classroom and fosters self-esteem. My teaching environment will be one that nurtures each child's unique learning style. Through developmentally appropriate activities, the child will be given the opportunity to grow and progress at their own rate. To accommodate every child I will implement a variety of teaching techniques and activities. The most effective way you reach children is through hands-on experiences. By offering daily auditory, visual, and kinesthetic experiences I hope to reach all of the children.
I believe that a classroom needs to offer "freedom with limitations." Children need to have the opportunity to explore their environment without fear of failure or criticism, yet at the same time, I think it's important for children to learn that there are limitations and appropriateness in any situation. I will strive to teach children to become independent, and at the same time, to respect others and their environment. Through children the ability to self monitor their own behavior, while at the same time, to stand up for themselves and to become independent thinkers.
I will work very hard to establish a positive relationship with each child's parent. I will do this by acknowledging that just like their child, each parent posses different strengths and weaknesses, and that although our unique philosophies may differ, our common ground is the well being of the child. I will make every effort to keep the parent informed about the growth and development of their child. I think it is every bit as important to communicate with parents when there isn't a problem, as it is when one arises. I want parents to understand that their concerns and suggestions are welcomed. From here we can begin to forge a partnership that will only benefit the child. I want parents to feel that they are welcome to share their ideas and feelings with me, and that through sharing their insights, they can aid me in helping their child.