My professional teaching philosophy has continually evolved throughout my four years of university study. My experiences have developed my philosophy from several basic ideas to a series of passionate beliefs, values and aspirations. Through voicing these beliefs, I can confidently confer that my philosophy is strongly influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning, and the different theorists that this approach has evolved around. My personal philosophy is based around the following beliefs:
- I believe that the early years are the most important period of a child’s development and that
the experiences they undergo in this time heavily influence who they are.
believe that children’s learning is heavily shaped by the experiences and
encounters they have with their family, peers, teachers and community.
- I believe
that team work is necessary amongst both teachers and students as it allows for
the sharing of ideas, efficiency of tasks and development of relationships.
believe that children are unique, have diverse learning styles, express their
thoughts in different ways, and develop at different paces.
- I believe that children’s
knowledge, communication skills and relationships develop through play and that
it is important for children to explore their outdoor environment in its
- I believe that critical planning must go into the design of the
learning environment, in order to stimulate learning and provide students and
educators with a sense of belonging.
- I believe in consistency amongst educators
in order to provide their students with a reliable education, familiar teaching
approaches and assist with the development of relationships.
- I believe that all students have the right to achieve success, and should be supported by their
teachers in order for this to occur.