I am in the process of rewriting my philosophy of education. Most places I've applied to don't ask for it so I haven't really touched it since this time last year, but I'm currently making some mini portfolios (got the idea from other members!) to take with me on my interview this Wednesday and I'm including my statement. I would love it if people could read it and let me know what you think. I'm open to any suggestions. I believe that in order for a classroom to run smoothly, it is important for the teacher and students to work together toward the common goal of learning. Of course, it is the teacher’s responsibility to plan appropriate activities that will allow all of the students to learn the material. The students, however, need to be allowed to take some control of their learning as well. The teacher should provide activities that allow the students to get hands-on experience with the material. The teacher should also allow the students to work through problems independently so that they can take responsibility for their own learning and take pride in their work. It is important for teachers to remember that they are expected to teach all children. An essential element of being a teacher is being prepared to differentiate instruction to accommodate students of all learning abilities. To treat all students the same is to do a disservice to them. It is the teacher’s responsibility to assist his or her students in reaching their full potential and this can be accomplished by differentiating instruction. Effective classroom management is the backbone of a successful classroom. There should be an understanding between the teacher and students about how the classroom will operate on a daily basis. It is important to have procedures in place in the classroom that the students understand. Having these procedures allows the teacher to take a proactive approach to classroom discipline rather than only reacting when there is a problem. When students are in an environment where they know what to expect from the teacher, and what the teacher expects from them, they are more comfortable with their surroundings, major problems are less likely to arise, and all of the students are able to realize their full potential.