Professional Teaching Credo:
Introduction to Teaching 111
My life has been shaped by the many experiences that I have gone through over
the years. A number of those experiences have been made by the many teachers I have
had. They have taught me the type of teacher that I do and do not want to be. They have
also influenced the way I feel about teaching and helped me discover the many
philosophical beliefs that I carry to this day. My goal is to influence my students in the
same way so that someday they are successful in whatever path they choose.
Over the years, I have spent much time discovering what I want to do with my life
and how I can make a difference in the world. One of the biggest influences in the path
I’ve chosen has been my teachers. They have taught and helped prepare me for my
future. From them, I have learned what teaching methods I believe are most effective
and which methods I should use to teach my class. I want to influence my students the
same way that my teachers have influenced me. It is my job to help them learn and grow,
not only for today but for the future, as well.
As a child I loved playing school. I would pretend to be teacher and teach my
little sisters with a chalkboard I had in my room. I would make up pretend worksheets
and grade them, as if I really was a teacher. Then, when I was old enough to work, I was
hired as a teacher at a daycare where I had a set curriculum to teach the children. I loved
it. It was a great feeling to know that I was making a difference in the children’s lives.
It’s a life changing experience when you teach children skills that they will never forget.
I knew in those moments that someday I would have a career that would let me help
As a teacher, my goal is to make a difference in the students’ lives and guide them
to be socially and academically successful. I want to teach and guide them so that they
can become a successful member of society. Children are our future, so it is my job to
prepare them for it. I believe that students should learn to be independent, but should
also participate in group settings. Class discussions are beneficial for students because
they can actively express their ideas. I don’t believe that the most important focus for
learning is through tests and quizzes, but it is the knowledge that students accumulate
throughout the year. Sometimes just focusing on getting good grades keeps the children
from actually learning the material and being able to keep that knowledge with them over
the years. So the most important thing is actually obtaining the knowledge that is being
Through my students’ successes and struggles over the school year, I will learn
how to better acclimate my teaching style to their learning style. When they are
struggling, I will learn how to adjust my teaching style to better suite their learning style.
Each child learns at a different rate and style, which means that I will have to learn to
integrate each one into my curriculum. I will keep the learning environment a
comfortable place for each and every type of student so that they are capable and willing
to learn. I will constantly be learning new methods in order to do so. With the help of
workshops, administration, other teacher mentors, but most importantly my students, I
will be learning endless ways to expand my teaching methods.
There are many different philosophical viewpoints throughout the world, but no
one is right or wrong. I don’t believe that I follow just one of the philosophies, but I do
believe in pieces of certain ones together. The philosophies that best suit my beliefs are
existentialism, progressivism and reconstruction; they make up who I am today, and the
teacher I will be tomorrow. With the existentialism philosophy, my students will learn
how to take a look at themselves as a whole, which will help them understand their
learning styles. Progressivism is similar to existentialism in that the students will focus
on themselves through what they have learned in my class. They will learn to solve
problems by reflecting on their own experiences, successes and failures.
Reconstructivism is also connected with the other two philosophies, in the sense that
teachers and students are working together to bring the community into the classroom.
The schools take lead in changing or reconstructing society. I believe that my
curriculum should be shaped according to the students’ interests and learning styles. In
my classroom I will use as much active learning as I can. If the students are involved and
active in what they are learning, they are more likely to understand and are more willing
to understand the subject matter and able to retrieve stored knowledge.
The teachers that I have had over the years have been one of the biggest
influences in my life, especially with the career path I have chosen. They have shaped
my beliefs about teaching and the methods that I will use as a teacher. As a teacher, it is
my job to help my students learn and grow and to be a successful part of society in the