My teaching philosophy

To some, school is just a building.

A children’s prison.

Where canaries sing their song of alarm,

And we tell them to “shh, please listen”.

 

No, school is not easy. For most, not enjoyable.

What a shame that education has become most reproachful! 

And yet, here I am. 

A teacher in training.

Learning how to make the school experience more entertaining!

 

For me,

School is a place where children should feel safe,

Welcomed, happy, and warm.

Where we create connections before content,

And recognize our humanity.

 

School is a place where we are all different,

And where we are all the same.

A place where we are not half and half,

But always fully ourselves.

 

School is a place of academic rigor and homework,

a grueling process of learning and unlearning.

A place where teachers are learners ourselves,

not omniscient behavorial managers.

 

School is not a prison, nor just any building.

It’s a place where we can grow and glisten. 

It is my goal to have a wide range of children’s books so that all of my future students can see themselves in the books I read. I want the books I buy to teach students about all religions, cultures, family structures, sexual orientations, disabilities, mental health, and experiences. The books I buy will also ideally not perpetuate gender stereotypes and gender roles. 

book wish list

If you click the link below, you’ll be able to see some of the books that I would love to have in my classroom!

Anti-bias education

I think it is very important to not only learn about anti-bias education, but act on it. I believe that being silent in the face of bias, is only perpetuating bias. 

I will think about hidden implications within textbooks, stories, videos, and pictures present in my classroom. Anti-bias education is essential to creating a meaningful experience for all children.

We are all the same, we are all different.

equity and inclusion

Issues of equity in our world today, can begin to be remedied through classroom management practices. I will allow all children to voice their concerns through restorative circles. 

Restorative circles allow children to grow in their social/emotional development. They will learn to use “I feel” language and take responsibility for their actions. 

effective teaching

Often times, teachers are seen as the main arbiters of knowledge. However, it is my goal to position myself as a learner with the students. By doing this, I remove the power dynamic and my students will see me as a human, not an authoritarian. 

My lessons will be meaningful in the sense that it will be culturally relevant, culturally appropriate, and fun!