Could I please have some feedback on my ed philosophy statement? Thanks a bunch! Is it too wordy? Is it comprehensive enough? Help! My goals as a teacher are to encourage enthusiasm for education and to help my students develop a foundation of life-long learning, because education does not end with a diploma or a degree. Every child can learn when I successfully facilitate learning with a proactive approach: a positive environment, authentic lessons, and communication between home and school. I embrace the philosophy that a certain degree of organized chaos is beneficial; I don’t mind noise as long as my students are learning. And they learn best through hands-on, sometimes noisy, activities. However, from the first moment a child steps foot into my classroom they must know my expectations as well as their expectations for learning. Learning cannot take place without consistent and effective classroom management. Structure and routine, balanced with creative opportunity are important in establishing a positive learning environment. I teach my students how to apply lessons to their lives. I also wish to instill in them a sense of pride and responsibility. Authentic lessons are important to imparting responsibility and an understanding of real-life application. For example, when my students study measurement, they learn by using measurement cups and a tape measure, or other appropriate tools. Another factor in creating an authentic learning experience is to encourage critical thinking. A lesson is not simply a means to an end; it is a springboard of further study. I want my lessons to spark an interest in a topic and promote further thought and examination. Children begin their life of learning at home, no matter what type of environment. I cannot dismiss the connection between the home and school because I learn valuable information to help my students when I am in communication with their families. My strategy of home-school communication begins with welcoming the efforts and input of the parents or guardians of my students with an understanding that we are working together. Empathy for each student and their family is crucial to communication. I want my students and their families to know I am genuinely attentive to their needs, and that I too am continually learning.