I have decided to link up with Amanda at The Primary Gal for her beliefs on education linky party.
I have been teaching for almost 20 years (the past 13 years in a kindergarten classroom) and my beliefs have changed over time, especially since I have been teaching kindergarten.
Here are my top five beliefs:
#1 I teach my students like I would like my own kids to be taught. This means that I strive to be the best teacher I can be. I don't teach the same things year after year after year. I try to improve the way I teach each year.
#2 I believe that my job as a teacher, especially a kindergarten teacher, is to teach my students to love learning and to love school. These little guys will be attending school for a long time. I want to make it a fun experience for them, not something they dread doing.
#3 I believe that school should be more than taking tests. I give my little ones the tests that I am required to, whether or not I agree with testing 5 year olds. But the tests are not the focus of my classroom, learning is the focus.
#4 I believe that I should teach each of my students at the level he/she is at. If I have a struggling student, I need to do what I can to help that child. If I have a student who is excelling, I need to do what I can to challenge that student.
#5 I believe that I should make my classroom a place of acceptance and where each child feels like he/she is welcome. I do this by listening to my students and making each student feel important in my classroom.
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