When you take a lot of Child Development classes you have to write a lot of philosophies. After doing this for a few years, here is my final and favorite:
I believe in the child and that all children have value and integrity. All children regardless of their ethnicity, socio-economic background and physical abilities are creative individuals with a desire to learn. Children learn best through their actions and self guided exploration. As an educator I feel less a teacher, more a facilitator or person of guidance, learning more from the children than I "teach". My goal is to instill in each child a sense of harmony with the environment, healthy interactions with others and most importantly a strong sense of self. Enabling children with the above qualities will result in high self-esteem which in turn will build confident and happy children who will grow into strong confident, joyful adults.
I fully believe this and am still impressed that I wrote this. Go me! Happy tuesday everyone!