~ Teaching Philosophy ~
To teach is an opportunity to inspire and empower students. Students are active participants in their learning, contributing to the classroom, sharing and gaining knowledge from one another and not just individuals waiting to be filled with knowledge by their teacher. There are many roles that a teacher does have: a facilitator, guide, leader, motivator, mediator and the effective teacher will realize that another role is that of student and the student is the teacher - only then will the teacher learn how to meet the needs of future students better. I strive to be evidence-based, to create a safe place for learning and to make the educational experience fun. The fundamental goal of teaching is to foster learning. I believe that everyone is capable of learning, that students have multiple learning styles. The classroom environment can encourage or inhibit learning depending on the dominant learning style of each student. Accomodating the different learning styles creates an atomosphere that is conducive to learning, and students take many of their learning habits from their teacher. The teacher must show interest in every subject, a passion for learning, and tap into the diverse interests of the students.
One of the most important concepts I hope to impart to all my students is that learning is a process that never ends. As I continue on my journey, I will make adjustments in my methodology as my students change, and remember to be patient, humble, have a sense of humor, and strive daily to teach my students that knowledge is powerful. Knowledge leads to a more open mind, more understanding, better self-esteem, and more confidence. I must keep learning fun, yet challenging, and encourage my students to take responsibility for their own learning. I will continue to reflect for teaching is a privileged position and there is always room for me to improve, and in the process, I can improve the learning atmosphere for my future students.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
~ William Arthur Ward ~