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.


St. Andrew the First-Called

St. Andrew the First-Called

Today we commemorate St. Andrew the First Called. He was a fisherman by trade and the brother of The Chief apostle St. Peter. When St. John the Baptist preached the message of repentance by the Jordan River, St. Andrew responded to his call and became his disciple, and soon after became the first disciple of Christ Himself, through the teachings and directions of the Holy Forerunner.

Soon after, St. Andrew told his brother Peter of the good news–the long awaited Messiah was here. After the glorious death and resurrection of Christ, St. Andrew spread the gospel far and wide. Eventually, St. Andrew was crucified like His beloved Savior, but in the shape of an “X”.

The life of St. Andrew the First-Called

Let us praise the divine leader and namesake of courage, first-called disciple and Peter’s kinsman. For as of old Christ called to him so he now calls to us: Come, we have found the Desired One.

Kontakion of St. Andrew, Tone 2

St. Andrew, please pray for us!


Blessed Feast of Theophany

Blessed Feast of Theophany

“When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest; for
the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the
likeness of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and
enlightened the world, glory to Thee.” -Troparion of Theophany

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