My Educational Philosophy

1 Feb

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God.”

(Micah 6:8)

I believe the foremost mission of a teacher is to act justly and to make an intentional effort to see individual students as God sees them. Perception and insight is often required in order to achieve good quality and effective student teacher relationships. The following points achieve this mission:

I believe students are real and potential gifts to the world. They are not problems that need to be solved. Students may not see their own strengths until teachers help them discover their potential.

I believe we can support our students by affirming them. In my experience students are teenagers who are capable, willing and longing for the trust of a caring teacher. It is my experience that their performance reflects expectation.

I believe a teacher must exhibit forgiveness to oneself and to others.

I believe teachers should see themselves as vehicles of Gods love. The teacher should deal with their students with great respect. The teacher needs to provide witness through their own lives and practice of Gospel values.

I believe a teacher is more than someone who presents curriculum. The teacher should be aware that they have a particular ministry to educate by the word of God and role modelling. They are involved in encouraging and promoting their students to lead their lives as followers of Jesus.

I believe a teacher should be positive and optimistic. I am happy to thank God for gifting me with the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to teach and share skills with my students and fellow teachers in the College community.

I believe in establishing a safe, supportive, challenging and validating learning environment. I try to ensure that the classroom culture is one which is emotionally, socially and physically safe where a student can be the best they can be.

 

I believe a teacher must be loyal to students, fellow staff and community alike.

I believe a teacher must continually ask for help to see them as God does and appreciate the infinite worth of people. So each day I pray for grace to walk humbly with my God in my work with young people.

Andrew Murray

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