Educational Philosophy 10 Year Anniversary

Educational Philosophy 10 Year Anniversary

As some of you know, I have been blogging (off and on) since 2009. Sometimes when creating a resource, the results exceed anything the creator would have imagined. Such was the case with my Educational Philosophy that I created on my last blog Homemaking Simplified.

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Discontinuing that blog was a really difficult decision but I often spread myself too thin and knew that if I wanted to grow in a new direction, I needed to let it go. With that said, a few specific blog posts/resources have continued to house some of my most popular resources. My Educational Philosophy is one of them. Re-creating it here has been on my to-do list for years. February of 2024 marked the 10-year anniversary of it’s initial publishing, so there isn’t a better time!

What is an educational philosophy?
An educational philosophy is used by educators as a guide for how he or she will educate students and gives a functional map of what he or she believe education ought to be.  Some of the things that an educational philosophy statement should touch on are:

  • Your educational approach/ method/ style (classical, contemplative, humanistic, Montessori, high/scope, un-schooling, and so on)
  • Your role as an educator in the classroom and in the community
  • How to intend to reach all of your students
  • How you believe students learn best
  • Your goals for your students
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Why do I need one?
Educational philosophy statements can be used for a lot of different reasons.  If you are a professional educator, having a statement is not only a good addition to your portfolio, but it is also a great guide in the interviewing process.  They are great posters that can be hung allowing parents to know what they might expect from you.

If you are a homeschooling parent, creating an educational philosophy statement is a great way to consider, formulate, and to remind yourself what you believe about education.  It can help you remember why you teach the way that you do or why you need to change what you are currently doing.  It serves as a working guide. 

By default, we all have an educational philosophy of sorts.  We each have ideas that shape what and how we feel about education and teaching/ learning methods, however putting it down on paper is an important step in being a great educator.

How do I make one?
Making an educational philosophy statement starts with brainstorming.  Get a piece of paper and start with “I believe” statements and let your creative juices flow.  Once you get some good ideas down, then you can start working on your statement.  It is best to keep your statement fitting onto one sheet of paper and large enough to read while hung on the wall. 

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This blog was orginally posted over at HomemakingSimplified.com in February 2014.


Holy Week: Disconnecting from Distractions to Reconnect with God

Holy Week: Disconnecting from Distractions to Reconnect with God

As Holy Week approaches, it’s essential to focus more on our spiritual growth and deepen our connection with God. Here are some ways to be spiritually edified during this incredible week.

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Unplug from Electronics and Media

In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with distractions from electronic devices and social media. Holy Week is an opportunity to unplug from these distractions and focus on our spiritual lives. Take a break from social media and limit your time on electronic devices. Instead, spend more time in quiet reflection, meditation, and prayer. Disconnecting from the digital world can help you tune in to the spiritual world and cultivate a deeper connection with God.

“We must also be careful with the media, which are constantly trying to seduce us. If we do not limit our exposure, we will lose our inner freedom and become slaves of the media.”

+Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

Read the Holy Scriptures and Spiritual Books

Reading the Holy Scriptures and spiritual books can be an excellent way to deepen your understanding of your faith and connect more deeply with God. During Holy Week, take time to read the Bible, especially the Gospels that recount the events of Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Additionally, consider reading other spiritual books that inspire and guide you on your spiritual journey. Reading about the lives of the saints, their struggles, and their faith can help you grow in your own faith and inspire you to lead a life worthy of our calling. I have some Lenten reading recommendations here.

“Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight,
And blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching;
And again, unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless.
Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep,
Lest you be given up to death and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom.
But rouse yourself crying: Holy, holy, holy, art Thou, O our God.
Through the Theotokos have mercy on us.”

Troparion from Bridgroom Matins

Spend More Time Praying the Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer is a short, powerful prayer that can be repeated throughout the day to help us focus on God’s presence in our lives. It is a simple prayer, but it’s power is profound.

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner.”

By repeating this prayer, we can quiet our minds and open our hearts to God’s grace and love. During Holy Week, consider spending more time praying the Jesus Prayer. You can repeat it silently to yourself while you go about your daily activities, house work, preparing family meals, or you can set aside time for quiet reflection and prayer (even while laying in bed with a nursing baby). It can be tempting to have the ideal of finding the perfect time for quiet prayer, but anytime is the perfect time for the Jesus Prayer. This prayer can help you deepen your connection with God and cultivate a spirit of humility and gratitude.

“The Jesus Prayer is the most important prayer for the Orthodox Christian. It is a prayer that can be repeated throughout the day, in any place and in any circumstance, and can lead us to a deep and unceasing remembrance of God.”

+Saint Theophan the Recluse

Attend Holy Week Services

It can be really difficult to be at all of the Holy Week services with young children, especially if you attend a parish that usually does not offer weekday services, but make your best effort to attend everything. It’s such a blessing to be there with Christ through His passion and culminating with His glorious resurrection!

“The Holy Week services are a time when we can unite ourselves to Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. We should attend these services with a spirit of humility and repentance, and with a desire to be transformed by God’s grace.”

+Elder Cleopa of Romania

Blessed Holy Week!


St. Nicholas Enlightener of Japan

St. Nicholas Enlightener of Japan

O holy Saint Nicholas, the Enlightener of Japan, You share the dignity and the throne of the Apostles: You are a wise and faithful servant of Christ, A temple chosen by the Divine Spirit, A vessel overflowing with the love of Christ. O hierarch equal to the Apostles, Pray to the life-creating Trinity For all your flock and for the whole world.

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The Christmas Season and Getting Rid of Clutter Before it Begins

The Christmas Season and Getting Rid of Clutter Before it Begins

Christmas shopping time is upon us. It’s such a beautiful holiday for Christian people everywhere, but somehow, no matter how much we fight it, the true message of Advent gets drown out by materialism and over-consumption. Here are a few simple ways to stop the clutter before it enters your home and steals your Christmas joy.

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