Turning Beliefs Into Actions

Whitney from With Love from Texas has challenged teachers to think about our education beliefs.  As we are mentally and physically preparing for back to school, we may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed, and taking a second to reflect on our beliefs as teachers can be a good way to take a look at the bigger picture...it will be ok if folder labels are not ready, it will be ok if a bulletin board is left untouched.  It will get done!  But taking a second to think about our beliefs will help to put it in perspective for WHY we do what we do and WHY we love it! 

I have been teaching fourth grade for eleven years in the same district and taking this challenge made me want to look back at who I was as a teacher oh, so long ago!  I found my portfolio that I created when I was searching so hard for the perfect teaching job.  In my portfolio I created a philosophy of education as well as a code of ethics.  Here are those documents from all the way back in 2004...don't mind the Comic Sans, remember it was 2004!!

Wow!  I am impressed with my 20-something year old self!  Without much classroom experience, I had a vision of what type of teacher I wanted to be and how my classroom should look and feel.  Over the eleven years that I have been teaching, I've had my ups and downs, challenges, triumphs, and celebrations along the way...but as I read these, I truly feel like I DO feel the same!  It might not ALWAYS have been the same over the past eleven years, but I think I've come back to these beliefs, full circle. 
I WANT to be an advocate for my students while teaching to each individual student's needs.  I HOPE for my classroom to be a community where each child is welcome and looks to me for guidance and support.  I STRIVE to recognize each child's potential and give them the gift of education each and every day.  And lastly, I am OPEN to guidance and help from other teachers, for I would not be where I am today without the help of those around me and I now hope that I can be of help to others as well. 
Here is an updated version of my education beliefs...eleven years later!
I enjoyed taking a look back and thinking about my beliefs.  As I approach this new school year, I will keep these beliefs in mind and revisit them on the days that I find challenging, when I have a day to celebrate, or just when I need a reminder!
What are your beliefs about education?  Have you reflected upon them recently?  Whether you are new to teaching or a veteran teacher, summer is a wonderful time to reflect upon these beliefs.  Thank you for taking the time to read mine!
Please stop by and check out some of Alison's education beliefs at Toad-ally Exceptional Learners.
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Happy teaching!!


  1. I love how you obviously had a clear idea of who you wanted to be as a teacher and those beliefs still hold strong for you today even if you have refined them!

    1. I know! I enjoyed looking back at them!

  2. I remember doing the same thing when I went through my program ages ago. Its funny how the our core teacher doesn't really change. Congrats on the new blog!

    1. Thank you! I know, even with so many changes in education, I feel I've stayed true to my beliefs!

  3. I really enjoyed reading all your beliefs! I love how you shared a bit of yourself all those years back too with your portfolio! It must be crazy to look back at that - I'm sure time has probably flown, especially in the classroom!

    Teaching Autism

    1. Thank you so much! I enjoyed looking back! It has gone by too quickly!


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