Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Educational Philosophy

I believe...

each child is a unique individual, who is in need of a secure, loving, and stimulating environment in order to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire, as an educator, to help my students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing them with a safe and caring environment that supports risk-taking and invites sharing of ideas. Three elements necessary to establishing this kind of positive environment include: the teacher acting as a guide, allowing the child’s personal interests to direct his or her learning, and promoting respect for all people and things.
            I believe it is the teacher’s role to guide and direct students in the right direction as opposed to acting as the primary source of knowledge. Students will grow more intellectually as they discover answers to their questions on their own, with the support of the teacher. It is important for students to be presented with the opportunity to discover knowledge through their own actions and using their own skills in order to practice their skills to prepare them for the future. Hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the material being studied should always be provided for students. This creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur.
            Similar to self-discovery, studying things that are meaningful and relevant to one’s life interests is critical. I believe developing a curriculum based upon student needs and interests cultivates innate motivation and stimulates a child’s passion to learn. In order to recognize students’ interests, it is important to allow opportunities for students to contribute ideas and set goals that make for richer activities. This process gives students ownership in the curriculum and motivates them to work hard to reach their goals, more so than any goal I could have set for them.
            Developing a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and the environment is absolutely necessary for my students. This development may occur through an open sharing of ideas and judicious approach to discipline. Students need to know their opinion matters and their voice will always be heard. This will create a more comfortable environment, where students feel safe to express themselves. I firmly believe that students have a greater respect for their teachers, peers, and curriculum when they feel safe and understand what is expected of them. Fair and consistent rules are set in the classroom to show respect for students and their presence. Students will in turn, learn to respect themselves, others, and the environment.
            I strongly believe that the students are not the only ones learning in the classroom. I myself see teaching as an opportunity for my own continuous growth and learning. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill my own love for learning in my students, as I share my passion of learning with them. I feel there is need for strong, compassionate, and dedicated individuals who are passionate about working with children. Individuals who understand that education is much more than teaching state standards, but teaching life-long skills and being sensitive to each individual student’s needs. I am willing to be one of the few individuals, and will always strive to be the best educator I can be. 

All About Miss Clark

Hi! My name is Miss Clark and I am thrilled to be your teacher! The next few months are going to be full of lots of learning and adventures! I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for us. I want to know all about you, but first I’m going to tell you a few things about me.
I was born and raised in Orange County, California. I have two brothers, Michael and David and am the middle child.  I moved to San Diego to go to college at SDSU. Go Aztecs! I graduated in 2009 with my bachelor’s degree and completed my teaching credential in 2010. The majority of my teaching experience has been with Kindergarten and I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to be teaching EAK this year!

Some of my favorite things include running and getting coffee with friends. I also love to travel and have been to Nicaragua and Africa. I currently live in La Mesa with my best friend, Ginny.