Emily Columpsi

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery" -Mark Van Doren

Philosophy of Education

I have wanted a career in education for as long as I can remember. As cliché as it sounds, I want to ‘make a difference’ and to be a positive influence in the lives of young people. The challenge of teaching and preparing children for their future is very exciting to me, but it is also an enormous responsibility. I know how important it is for students to have a strong role model who takes the time to care and inspire them to work to their potential. I enjoy helping others, and as a future teacher I hope to help every student to succeed academically; as well I think it is essential for teachers to ‘be there for their students’-to provide the guidance and support that they need. Schools are nurturing environments that are dedicated to helping young people become the best they can be. I can’t think of a more fulfilling career.

Teaching is one of the most important careers that a person can have, since, after all, it is teachers who influence all of society’s future leaders. Teaching is about being a part of a greater community of learning, inspiration, nurturing, acceptance and responsibility. I believe that all children should be granted an equal opportunity to learn and achieve their goals. In or out of the classroom, the potential for learning with new classmates and acquaintances is immense; the exchange of ideas, opinions, experiences, customs, values, or aspirations all become a part of the learning experience. I have come to understand that teaching is more of a vocation than a job. I have witnessed, first hand, the potential a teacher has to shape and influence a child’s life, whether in small day-to-day ways or in significant, life-altering ways.

Everyone is different and learns differently. As a result, teachers should be ready to apply multiple methods of teaching into their curriculum. Helping students discover their unique talents, goals and passions will ultimately aid them in understanding whom they are and where they eventually want to go. As well, our learning environments should be open, safe, and enriching spaces that encourage this learning, discovery and growth. It is important to take notice in these differences so that it becomes easier to reach the needs of every individual. I want my students to know that they are important to me, and I want to be a teacher who treats each student with the respect and fairness they deserve. In addition, I do not believe that students are categorized as Math students, English students, or Science students; I seem them as just students who are all capable of learning. It is my goal to challenge students and watch them grow to their full potential.

I love to pass on my knowledge to other people. Having that said I think it is important that students work together as they form social networks this way. By working together, students will be able to understand and become more open to various points of views or opinions. They will become more accepting of other people as well.

Students have a right to learn, but they also have the capacity and ability to learn. As a future teacher, I will have the power to open up the minds of my students.

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