Teaching Philosophy

Strength based teaching

 I believe that students should be recognized as unique and different individuals.  Students are all individual learners and learn and comprehend at different paces.  They each have independent learning styles and needs that first need to be recognized and then met.  All students have the ability to learn and succeed in the classroom in whichever way is unique and a strength to that student.   I believe in a strength based teaching style: recognizing student’s strengths and building off of them. Click here to see examples in which I implemented this philosophy in my student teaching experience.

Commitment to connect

As teachers we teach who we are.  Our personality and our character shines through in the work we do and in the way we respond to students.  It is important to me to be true to myself as a teacher and individual.  Children see the truth and integrity behind who you are and what you say.   Understanding yourself is essential to teaching and is the first step in growing in understanding of your students, their backgrounds, their characteristics, and their learning styles.  “When I do not know myself, I cannot know who my students are.  I will see them through a glass darkly, in the shadows of my unexamined life—and when I cannot see them clearly I cannot teach them well.” ( Parker Palmer 15)  I want to become a teacher for matters and reasons of the heart; I am projected and fueled by passion for the betterment of students and of our society. Teaching from the heart and teaching what matters is an important aspect of why I believe education is such a strong crucible in life. Click here to see evidence of this used in my classroom while student teaching.

Engaging strategies to deepen understanding

Creating an engaging and meaningful learning environment is important to me, especially as I student taught.  It is vital for students to be interested and engaged in subjects and the material we are learning that day.  I believe in hands on learning techniques and whole class involvement and discussion.  It is important that students are excited about what we are doing in the classroom and get involved in the process.  Showing students the meaning behind what they are learning rather than just telling information, but showing them and giving concrete examples of why what we are learning matters is a fundamental technique to be used in the classroom.  Students need to make connections about the material given in the classroom walls to real life experiences and everyday occurrences.  I also believe in the encouragement of creative and unique learning and teaching styles. Click here to see to see evidence of this used in my classroom while student teaching.