My teaching philosophy is constantly evolving. I have been exposed to many new ideas during my first year of this program and all of them have given me insight on how I would like to teach. This new information, combined with my experience working with children, has created my current teaching philosophy. One important thing that I have learned is that not all children are the same. As an educator, one must adapt the activity to fit the child, rather than expecting the child to fit into a predetermined mold. This allows the child to learn through exploration and develop their own ideas. Allowing children to learn through exploration not only encourages critical thinking, but also nurtures their sense of confidence and a positive self-image. My goal is to invite my students to be empowered by their own ideas as much as possible. Specifically, during my practicum, I also hope to explore a holistic teaching approach by experimenting with different cross curricular activities in the classroom. By combining multiple subjects into a single lesson, I hope to break down the rigid idea that school is made up of strictly segmented subjects which do not relate to one another. I believe that a more holistic approach to learning is essential in order to equip students with the necessary skills to solve problems in the “real world”.