Personal Philosophy Statement of Mary Beth Blatner
My overall teaching philosophy is considered to be interactional and progressive. I provide developmentally appropriate, hands-on experiences in my classroom that foster a "family-like" environment where children learn happily with each other and are intrinsically rewarded for their accomplishments at the level in which they are capable of achieving. I believe that real life experiences and hands-on learning opportunities are the most effective learning approaches therefore I offer/ supply the developmentally appropriate learning environment and implement teaching strategies that enable each child to continually grow and develop to meet or exceed developmental milestones.
I plan the curriculum to challenge each child’s current level of development. I use a combination of formal and informal assessment techniques to measure the progress of each child.
I believe that knowledge should not just be robotically ingested but experienced to enable a child to form knowledge based on exploration and discovery. It is then that children will be able to apply the knowledge and concepts learned to life experiences. Curriculum should relate to the everyday experiences of the child therefore lessons have to be practical...Life is education so education must reflect life. I believe that providing “real” experiences and hands on learning opportunities greatly enhance a child's ability to apply concepts learned in the classroom. I believe the process of learning is more important and more effective than rote factual knowledge. The process therefore is often more important in learning than the product or result itself.
Key elements of my personal educational philosophy are: