A good teacher’s philosophy is based on respectful relationships with staff, children and families. They will have high expectations for behaviour and learning standards. Teachers should respect equity, inclusion and diversity of all cultures and differences in needs and abilities. Teachers will value Indigenous and all other cultures and strive to teach children about other cultural differences. The rights of the child are paramount and advocated for as children are successful and capable learners. Who will have a voice to be heard and included in choices and decisions of their learning.
Teachers respect the role of parents as children’s first teachers and will support them to support their children. They will strive for a happy learning place, where children laugh, play and have fun. Somewhere children can be children and enjoy their childhood. They will believe in the learning power of play across all domains of learning. A teacher will wish to create a sense of belonging. Where children can develop self-confidence, feel valued, safe and connected to others. They believe the role is to facilitate the learning following the child’s lead and co-construct the learning with them. They believe in the freedom to explore and experiment in learning with gentle guidance. Knowing when they need to step in and out of the play. Children have a very important voice which needs to be valued and respected.
The Reggio Emilia founder, Loris Malaguzzi (2006) talks about the Hundred Languages of Children. Teachers will resonate with these words and believe children do have these languages and must have time and space to pursue them. The Hundred Languages are described as expressive, communicative, symbolic, cognitive, ethical, logical and imaginative. Teachers believe in the freedom to be a child, to be creative in the arts, music, dance and painting. Teachers will have a deep respect and cherish creative learning as everyone can participate in their own way and there is no correct way of being. Froebel’s (1895) Play Theory speaks of Kindergarten as a child’s garden this is important. Teachers believe children benefit from nature play mostly outdoors to learn across all domains. Fresh air, pets, mud, grass and water, all are a recipe for childhood joy.
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