My Teaching Philosophy
I believe as teachers we are life-long learners and this is what I need to instill into each and every student each year. Every student can learn, and individualizing instruction is the best way to reach each learner. I believe that all students should be given the opportunity to learn at their level to make them a successful, productive, active member of our classroom community. Each student's success level is different, and this success comes with accomplishing personal goals. In order to accomplish these goals, a strong teacher is willing to experiment with and adapt a wide variety of teaching methods, as he or she understands no two students ever learn in the same way. All classroom activities should be engaging and personalized for each class. The students should be motivated to want to learn and apply what they learn in the classroom to their daily lives.
Creating a safe and welcoming classroom community is important for meeting the needs of each student. A classroom should be a place for students to feel important and wanted, as well as a place for unlimited learning possibilities. A modern classroom is not just for a student to learn academic material, it is for reaching the whole child. This includes creating a stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. I want my classroom to be a place where all students can learn without fear of failure and a place where they can succeed based on their individual efforts, talents, and interests.
A classroom community should be student centered, not teacher centered. The students need to be responsible for the classroom procedures and involved in creating the rules for the classroom. I will teach my students independence, responsibility, time-management, and organization. I will take the time to connect with every student on a personal level. I will also always hold them to high standards to ensure they reach their fullest potential.
Finally, in order to ensure my students are intrinsically motivated, life-long learners, I will need to lead by example. I will always strive to express my dedication to student success, and convey my passion for learning.