My philosophy of teaching is a simple one. Many years of being a student has prepared me for discovering the kind of educator that I want to be. Ken Robinson explained in his TED Talk that a learning revolution needs to take place, and he finished his speech by quoting William Butler Yeats' poem "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven"
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
This stuck with me.
"I have spread my dreams under your feet, tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
What a poignant concept. Cultivating students' dreams. Not difficult. Simple really. What I need to do as an educator is just try not to crush my students' dreams.
I realize that this seems easier said than done, but I am making this my philosophy.
I, as an educator, will strive to cultivate my students' dreams in whatever way that I can, to give them knowledge, encouragement and support, to never believe that I have all of the answers. I will strive to continue to seek knowledge, long after I receive my degree.