I just realized that I am entering my 10th year of teaching and so I took this time to look back to see the changes that occur in me. I read my previous philosophy statements, and yes, I noticed a lot of changes in how I think and feel as an educator. This is my 2018 version.- – –
When asked about my educational philosophy, I now reply that first and foremost, I believe in nurturing human beings. Therefore, the first step I take is understanding who a child is, and what we can do as educators to nurture his intellect, character and nature.
A vibrant life, which is interdependent and productive by nature, should be mirrored in the life of schools. Hence, I believe in an integrated and holistic type of education, inclusive of developing values and life skills. We are multi-faceted beautiful beings, who live together with other beings on this beautiful planet. It is in the nature of children to wonder and to want to experience many things. We need to nurture our students to become active and successful (in accordance with how they define success) together with others, using and enhancing the talents, capacity and unique characteristics they are gifted with.
I believe in constant reflection and critical analysis of the curricula we deliver- the curricula themselves, and how we implement them. Since the beginning of my IB career in 2009, I have been passionate about the IB program, delivering the requirements of the program to the best of my capacity. But as I go through my journey as an educator, I realized that at the heart of what I do as an educator is to teach human beings. Therefore, I’m not merely an educator who delivers a program. There was a shift in me- from focusing on what and how to teach, to understanding who am I teaching and how effective am I in helping a student. All strategies work, all curricula work because it is in our nature to learn. But we need to constantly understand the impact of what we teach and how we teach. It is not about how beautiful, promising and inviting a curriculum sounds like, but its impact, considering research and our ecosystem. We need to understand the essentials of our curriculum and how to best implement it in ways that work best for our learners and for our organizations, considering the contexts we are in. Contextualized leadership and teaching are two important things that I continue to hone in myself.
I believe in mutualistic teamwork, that it takes a village to raise a child; but I also believe in the capacity of a child to raise himself. Therefore, I believe that collaborative work involves not just the adults in the learning community, but the children as well. The kind of teamwork that I believe in is collaboration that is grounded in caring relationships and freedom. We are free to choose and direct our path, but we are also held accountable for each other, and for actions and decisions we make for ourselves and for others.
I continue to learn more about the world of education, and I continue to get to know more about the educator in me. I am excited about the evolution and maturity that I go through, which are of course shaped by the experiences that I gain with all the students I am fortunate to teach, and the learning communities I collaborate with.