• Teaching Philosophy

    Assessment Philosophy

    My approach to assessment in elementary education is grounded in the firm
    belief that our methods of evaluation should expand beyond traditional exam styles, to focus on student’s educational and personal advancement. This view is informed by information I have learned throughout my education thus far and many of the scholarly arguments discussed, like those presented by Simpson (n.d.), who highlights the need for a variety of assessment techniques that challenge students to grow intellectually and personally. To ensure that these techniques have an impact on students, it is critical that they are closely aligned with well-established educational philosophies and theories. In line with the holistic framework proposed by the Fraser Institute (2018), I strive to fully capture each student’s journey, taking into account their cognitive, emotional, and social development as major components of a complete education.

    I have come to understand that recognizing personal biases is critical, as these
    can shape the way assessments are designed and implemented. Schnepel (n.d.) has emphasized the importance of educators being aware of their own perspectives to ensure fair and unbiased evaluations. Through ongoing self-reflection and a commitment to objective standards, I work to preserve the fairness and credibility of the assessment process. Critical thinking plays a pivotal role in the selection and evaluation of assessment practices, ensuring that the chosen methods are  adjusted to the diverse learning styles and needs of all students. The evidence-based approach supported by Patterson (2013) and Lee (2016) informs my practice, guiding me to adapt assessment strategies that are both accurate and relevant.

    My foundational experiences with students with learning disabilities have
    significantly influenced my philosophy. Interacting with these students has reinforced my belief in flexible and inclusive assessment methods. Witnessing the limitations of one-size-fits-all tests has highlighted the importance of alternative strategies, such as portfolios and formative assessments, which allows for many ways to demonstrate learning and skills. These practices are in line with inclusive education principles that advocate for adjustments to ensure fair assessments for all students, a concept mentioned by Salend (2011). In crafting my assessment philosophy, I ensure that each statement is clear and logically structured, reflecting my deliberate consideration of how assessment is intertwined with broader educational objectives. By doing so, I aim to communicate a philosophy that is easily understood by all. My dedication to using clear and precise language strengthens my professional practice. It enables me to effectively communicate all assessment concepts, ensuring that these ideas are explained clearly and understood by others.

    Fraser Institute. (2018). Why educational testing is necessary. Fraser Institute.
    Lee, J. (2016). How alternative assessment replaces or complements traditional methods.
    InTechOpen. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1101956.pdf
    Patterson, J. (2013). Why avoidance coping is the most important factor in anxiety. Psychology
    Schnepel, K. (n.d.). Assessment and bias. DePaul University.
    Simpson, B. (n.d.). Alternative assessment. ITI Education.

  • Teaching Philosophy

    Teaching Philosophy

    Welcome educators! I invite you to join me in a transformative educational space where knowledge is not just shared but kindled. Today, I share my teaching philosophy, a beacon that will guided my educational journey.

    I firmly believe that the classroom is a haven where curiosity is nurtured, creativity is cherished, and critical thinking is honed. Each student is a unique individual with their own experiences, viewpoints, and potential, which I am dedicated to unlocking, one mind at a time.

    Central to my teaching philosophy is the concept of active learning. Education is a vibrant, interactive process that ignites a passion for knowledge rather than merely imparting facts. I endeavor to cultivate an atmosphere where students are encouraged to question, challenge, and engage with the material meaningfully.

    In my classroom, I do not stand as the sole source of knowledge but rather as a facilitator, guiding students through the vast sea of information. Student-centered learning is paramount, fostering active participation and essential skills such as collaboration, communication, and problem-solving.

    Diversity and inclusion are fundamental pillars of my philosophy. Every student brings a unique narrative and perspective to the table, and it is my duty to create a safe, inclusive environment where all feel valued. By celebrating differences and recognizing the strength in diverse backgrounds, we create a richer learning environment.

    Feedback is crucial for growth and improvement. I prioritize providing constructive feedback to students while encouraging a culture of mutual respect and continuous learning through peer feedback.

    My teaching philosophy stems from a deep belief in the transformative power of education. I aim to instill a lifelong love for learning, nurture critical thinking skills, and foster an environment where every student can flourish.

    Together, let us embark on this journey of enlightenment, remembering that education not only prepares students for the future but also shapes it. Let’s ignite the flame of knowledge and witness it spreading, one mind at a time.

    Keep exploring, keep learning, and above all, keep inspiring.

    Wishing you joy and success in your teaching endeavors!