The wise know their weakness too well to assume infallibility: and he who knows most, knows best how little he knows.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”



My A B C Philosophy of Education Statement

By Helen-Marie White

A – Acceptance - I believe that all children need to feel accepted into their environment.  They need to feel important and that their opinions are validated & worthwhile. A classroom is a community of learning and a child needs to feel that he/she is an important member of our classroom community. 

B – Benevolent – I believe my students need to feel a sense of benevolence in my classroom, from their teacher as well as other students.  My biggest desire is that my students develop a sense of generosity with each other.  By Doing this, they learn to share their talents and desires and knowledge.  My students have a right to expect me to be "a large-hearted mentor" 

C – Criticism – I believe that as a teacher, I must poses the art of constructively evaluating, judging, and knowing the quality of a student’s work. I must also be able to encourage my students to do their best.

D – Development – I believe that each child is in various stages of academic development, that every child is different, and that all students are not created equally.   As a teacher, it is important to recognize these different stages and be able to motivate each child toward success.  

E – Entertaining & Encouraging – I believe a teacher is a ring master in her classroom.  A good teacher makes learning an exciting adventure and one in which the student’s are excited to take.  A good teacher uses all different strategies & ways to teach and is constantly learning from other teachers, and encouraging her students along the learning adventure.

F – Fresh I believe a teacher should be fresh in her ideas and structure of a classroom.  No child can learn from boredom and stagnantly.  A teacher needs to be open to fresh ideas and the willingness to change.  Research into new techniques and strategies is essential for the success of my students as well as myself.

 

G – Gratitude – I believe a teacher needs to model a gratitude attitude for her students.  Finding the positive in even the toughest situations is a talent that needs to be taught to all children.  I believe that by doing so, it encourages an independent strong, self assured personality in my students, our future leaders.

H –Happiness & Humility – I believe a teacher needs to be happy with what she is doing.  She needs to love her job as a teacher and be humble enough to admit when things do not go right and show a willingness to change an unsuccessful strategy to a better one.

I – Independence – I believe that the most important thing we can teach our children is to have a sense of independence and the ability to focus and achieve on there own.  With proper guidence3 and direction, motivation will kick in and the independent spirit can soar.

J – Just I believe a teacher needs to be just in her choice of discipline as well as her choice of consequences.  I feel a teacher needs to be able to be quick and forthright, allowing the student to see consequences as a learning step in being successful.  Not a life long stumbling block.

K – Kindness – I believe that a teacher needs to model the fact that “kindness begins with me.” A soft and stern voice can sail a student to its destination, where a rough and forceful one can ground a student on the rocks of discontent.

L – Love & Loyalty & Listen – I believe a teacher must be loyal to her students, allowing them to be number 1 in her eyes.  This is the real example of love.  She must also listen and reflect back to the student, the needs of that student, so that he may know without a doubt that his teacher understands what he is saying.

M – Meaning – I believe a teacher must have purpose and meaning in her teaching strategies.  She must have a goal in mind and be able to guide her students toward that goal.

N – Natural – I believe a teacher must allow learning to be a natural course in the life of her students.  By laying a good foundation and lining the path with understanding and knowledge, a student can succeed in the path chosen.

O – Optimism – I believe that a teacher must have a tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation.  All children can succeed.  It is the teacher who must find that avenue of success for each of her students.

P – Patience & preparedness – I believe that a teacher needs to be patient in the eventual success of her students.  By being well prepared, a teacher is more capable of helping that student reach success in a timely manner.

Q – Quiet – I believe that a teacher can keep a quiet thought in her head under the most trying times.  This thought is to stay focus on the goal at the end of the line.  A quiet voice is sometimes all that is needed to get even the most rambunctious student on task.

R – Reading – I believe the reading is the door to discovery.  I adopted the philosophy that you can teach a child anything with a book.  When a child can read and comprehend, a child can learn just about anything.  I want to be there when that door is opened and the mind expands.  It is an awesome adventure.

S – Service – I believe that a student learns more when he is in the service of others.  When a child is helping and teaching another student, the lesson is solidified in his mind as well.  To be able to teach a concept, is in itself a way to be taught.

T – Talents – I believe that we are all put on this Earth with different talents.  Once again, the adventure is in the discovery of those talents.  A teacher holds the keys to many of the greatest discoveries in a student’s life.

U – Unfailing – I believe that failure is not an option when it comes to the success of my students.  If they are not learning, then I have not as yet found that key to their mind.  A teacher needs to be mindful of those students who struggle, and fight in their behalf, to get the needed help and materials to better suit those students.

V – Virtue – I believe a teacher needs to be able to establish a virtue of necessity, to make the best of a difficult or unsatisfactory situation, as stated in Webster’s Dictionary.  A teacher must display moral excellence; goodness; righteousness conformity of one's life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude.

 

W- Willing – I believe a teacher must always be willing to learn new things.  She must always be looking for new ways of teaching and establish those ways to the highest benefit of her students.

X – Xtra ordinary – I believe this might be stretching just a bit on the spelling, but a teacher must be fun and exciting as well as admired by her students.  Ordinary is all in the eyes of the beholder.

Y – Youthful – I believe a teacher must be youthful in her energy as a teacher.  She must be able to relate to her students as well as keep up with them.  Sometimes a good run at recess, puts the color back in her cheeks and shows her students a greater appreciation for the nature of learning.

Z – Zealous – I believe a teacher must be filled with, or characterized by, zeal; warmly engaged, or ardent, in behalf of her students,   living to the fullest potential.