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Elise Portella

Teaching Philosophy

Regent University

Teaching Philosophy

“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that

we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1, NIV) There is stricter judgment brought

upon educators because there is such great responsibility within this profession. Despite the

logistics of lesson planning, classroom management, and extracurricular activities, ultimately,

the child's soul is at hand. Regardless of the school being public or private, and whether or not I

am able to speak out about my faith, I may be the only true Jesus Christ follower a student may

encounter. A responsibility of mine would to remain virtuous; Constantly working in the fruits of

the spirit; love, joy, and kindness, etc. Sometimes, more will be “caught” than “taught.” This

example of a self-giving love can encourage my students to be loving with one another. Loving

my students is my first and foremost greatest priority.

After love, fairness is essential to a successful classroom environment. Being a fair

person is close to my heart because I distinctly remember my past teachers who were fair, and

those who were not. With great pleasure, I will take on the responsibility of being fair with my

students because it made me feel awful growing up when I was not “the favorite.” There should

be no favorites. As an educator, love and fairness can truly change the course of someone's life

and a feeling that they will never forget as long as they live.

Content material is one of the greatest responsibilities of an educator. A teacher can be

the most wonderful human being on the planet, but if they cannot teach, they should not be in a

classroom. Love and kindness need to coexist with knowledge to pass down to students. School

material is taught and learned in the classroom so the student can progress into the next grade

level. Moreover, lifelong lessons are important. Student preparation is necessary both

educationally and ethically that way they can persevere through trials and tribulations of life.

Teachers work with many various staff members. There are the administrators, janitors,

volunteers, other teachers, etc. Each play a unique and important role in the school system. Every

position may have different individual responsibilities, but the goal is to set a positive learning

environment for the students. We are here for the children. In order to achieve success, I believe

it is important to work together as a team.

Over the course of the last two years after writing my original teaching philosophy, much

has remained consistent. Many pieces of my writing I have been able to live out with my

students and put in full action. However, there are components I would like to add on to my

original philosophy. For example, organization. Organization cannot be overlooked in the

classroom. It is so important for a teacher to remain clean and have his/her work prepared for the

day. Throughout student teaching, I have realized how much improvement I need in this area. I

am slowly getting in my own groove and learning what works best for me. I believe certain

strategies work for some teachers, while others do not. It depends on who you are and what

works best for you inside the classroom. Moreover, I have deeply realized how important it is to

model organization for the students. They will never be organized individuals if you are not one.

The next component to my teaching philosophy I would like to add is the importance of

parent/teacher communication. After being in the classroom full time, I have seen the consistent

open communication my cooperating teachers have had with the parents of their students. I

realize this is essential and certainly a new part of my philosophy that I didn't focus on

previously. The teacher and parent must be on the same page in order to reach maximum success

in the child’s personal and academic life.

Personal goals of mine include growing in love, patience and understanding with my

students, becoming more organized, and enriching my knowledge as a teacher. These are all

areas I believe can constantly be improved on. Truthfully, being in the classroom has been a

humbling experience. It has shown me how unorganized, impatient, and overall how much I do

not know. I am so grateful for the experience, to be have been able to immensely improve in

these areas, and truly live out my philosophy. It has been amazing to see the personal growth and

I know this is only the beginning God has for me.

In the book of James, chapter one, it says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,

whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces

perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not

lacking anything.” - (James 1:2-4) Unlike other professions where people seek opportunity to

minister to others, teaching provides endless opportunities to do so. We are given many trials and

tribulations to walk out together with the students God has chosen to bestow upon us. I believe

we are a light to them just as much as THEY are a LIGHT to us. It is through them; we are given

the chance to grow in faith and endurance in our own walk with the LORD! Teaching is a

blessing that I am forever grateful for!