My Teaching Philosophy

Kimberley Bateman
Teaching Philosophy

I am a teacher because I enjoy being around children. Young children have a sense of wonder and curiosity about life that inspires me to support their education in the best possible way I can. Their inquisitive and energetic personalities are contagious, and my goal is to help guide them into a future they can be proud of. As a primary teacher, it is my concern to create the beginnings of young people who know how to be responsible and caring citizens with a passion for the world around them. School should not be for the mere purpose of filling young children up with knowledge, but rather to be a two-way learning experience for the children and myself as the teacher. I believe it is important to promote equity amongst all students and teachers in the classroom. I want the children to know that their opinion and voices matter and I strive to create an anti-oppressive space. I am attentive to the many different learning styles in the classroom, and adapt my teaching ways to ensure all of the children have the best opportunities.

My philosophy is to allow students to learn by living. I want to make sure all of my students feel comfortable and see aspects of their lives in my classroom, and I plan to do this by creating close relationships between myself, the student, and their family. Positive relationships, with the families, peers, and students are what fosters the ability to learn. My classroom acts like a team sport, where we all work together often and learn the give-and-take of working with a team. Classroom rules, created together by the students and myself, support positive relationships with self and others and enhance our caring community. I gain respect from my students by having the same expectations for myself that I have of them.

I believe in cultivating a creative and experiential learning atmosphere that has a holistic quality for the students; I make connections to the community and natural world that surrounds the children. I support the children to learn in student-led ways with myself acting as the guide. I prompt the students to learn on their own by asking questions to encourage their own knowledge growth. I use structured freedom in my classroom, such as group work, in order to enable responsible independence in the children. If the students learn how to wonder, look deeper, and ask questions at a young age, they will be led into years of pursuing passions and finding a deep sense of individuality and purpose.