Have you ever though about defining your
educational platform? Your beliefs, opinions, values, and attitudes which
provide a foundation for your teaching, and the reasons you deem them
important. Many educational platforms cover the following points, but more in a
narrative format than a listing. Educational platforms try to be honest about
ones beliefs in action in terms of how they actualize these beliefs in
practice, or why they don't act on some beliefs to the extent to which they
would like, or about inconsistencies they know exist.
Here are some thoughts about an educational
platform for supervisors. All platforms need not contain all these elements,
and can contain other elements you consider important. The important thing is
to have a sense of what your own platform is, rather than to construct a
perfect, consistent statement. (see the reading for detailed
) 1. The aims of education: the three most
important aims of education, for the youngsters in your school system. 2. Major
achievements of students by the end of a year in your classroom. 3. The social
significance of the student's learning: how they will fit in the big picture.
4. The image of the learner: how do students learn? 5. The image of the
curriculum: what is it important to learn. 6. The image of the teacher: your
part in the big picture. 7. The preferred pedagogy: how will learning progress
in your classroom? Approaches? 8. The preferred school climate: tone,
discipline, morale, classroom to school to outside. 9. A unifying image or
metaphor embedded in your practice.