Personal Teaching Philosophy Martin Luther King moved many people in his “I have a Dream” speech in which he said... “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Some years later Dr King’s dream came true and through this dream he envisaged and fought for, there followed generations of dream keeper’s who came to see the dream fulfilled. His work and dream also touched me as a person and an educator, in that I have my own dream.

I hope to create a classroom that will encourage every individual to be a dream believer and have the belief that they can make their own dreams come true. I believe that I can do this by a philosophy, which will underline my programme delivery, management procedures and activities based on a series of assumptions, which I believe:

  • That children need encouragement to recognise their strengths and to build on these to reach their potential.
  • That children, need to develop skills to become less dependent on others, and therefore, become more independent and take responsibility for their own actions and learning.
  • That every individual, has a right to develop as a whole person, mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally and must be given the opportunity to do so.
  • When children are trusted with responsibilities they tend to become more responsible.
  • That children respect the thoughts and opinions of others when others respect their own right to be different.
  • That personal development can be enhanced in a class when a supportive environment for learning is non-threatening, fun, enjoyable and a challenge.
  • That groups are enriched when they are exposed to different cultures, religions and gender.
  • That the only failure, is the failure to participate, to listen and understand the rights of each individual.
  • To participate in active listening, rather than passive.
  • That all learners be treated as equals and catered not only for their needs but also their extensions.
  • That every child, has dignity and worth with the right to their own uniqueness.
  • That this generation is ICT rich and that to be active in this world, the children need to be ICT literate and equipped for inquiry based learning.
  • That children, need to be fostered in their multiple intelligences, accepting their strengths and working on their weaknesses.
  • That learning to learn is as important as what is learned.
  • I believe in the infinite capacity of children to grow and learn when they are treated with support, enthusiasm and respect.
  • I believe in fulfilling what I believe to be a philosophy in which will encourage children to reach beyond their potential.

    I will have seen my dream accomplished, even if only one child in my class becomes a
    Dream believer!

Ena Lakisoe