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Amanda Perdue

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 Philosophy Of  Education Statement

I believe that education is an individual, unique experience for every student who enters a classroom.  In order for children to benefit from what school offers, I think that teachers must fully understand the importance of their job.  First, I believe that teachers must consider teaching to be a lifestyle, not a mere forty-hour-a-week job, because a teacher’s goal for his/her students encompass much more than relaying out-of-context facts to passive students.  As professionals entrusted with the education of young minds, teachers must facilitate learning and growth academically, personally, and ethically.  By providing a quality education to each individual in one’s classroom, a teacher equips children with the tools necessary for success in life.   

In order to accomplish these goals, I think it is important to establish a mutually respectful, honest rapport with students, a relationship in which communication is of the highest priority.  Through this relationship, an environment based on trust an caring can be established in the classroom, making it possible to interact confidently and safely in an academic setting.  Once this foundation is established, the educator has already accomplished a major goal:  the ethical characteristics of equality;  open, honest communication;  and trust have been emphasized and put into practice without having to preach to students.  Demonstrating these behaviors in a classroom, and having students model these behaviors prepare them for adult interaction and survival in the future.  

Academic learning must begin with motivation and inspiration.  Students deserve an educator's passion for both the subject at hand and learning as a whole.  Teaching and learning become a simultaneous journey for both the teacher and the students when the student when student's energy is aroused by a teacher's genuine intensity for learning, because everyone is ready and willing to participate in active learning.  A teacher must demonstrate enthusiasm and express confidence in their students abilities to learn and be successful.  

I believe that all children have the right to a quality education.  All children, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, and capabilities should have the opportunity to learn from professional, well-informed teachers who are sophisticated and knowledgeable, both in their area of expertise and life.  Certainly, every child has different learning styles and aptitudes;  however, by having a personal relationship with every student's potential and having separate, individual goals for each, a teacher can accommodate personal needs and abilities and encourage the pursuit of academic aspirations.

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