believe that the learner is an active thinker, a questioner and a doer. The learner comes to school with an entire
lifetime of experience through which he or she processes the work I give and
the words I say. The learner is a
skeptic, and will and should challenge the knowledge I present. The learner is an example to those around him
or her. The learner is someone who, no
matter how young, is able to make an impact.
The learner wants to learn and succeed, although he or she may not
always be ready or able to do so at any given moment. The learner is also a teacher. The learner is a unique individual with
talents, skills and knowledge to contribute. The learner is a person.
believe that the teacher is a learner. I
believe that the teacher is a leader with students, colleagues and in her
community. The teacher is a facilitator
and a guide to the construction of knowledge.
The teacher is a mentor and a role model. The teacher is passionate about both her
students and her subject. The teacher is
caring, encouraging, just, patient, and compassionate. She never asks more of her students than she
is willing to give. She has a sense of
humor. She builds relationships. She believes in her students. She has heart. She loves.
believe that the purpose of schooling is to create educated, well-rounded, and
informed young men and women. A good
school gives all students the best possible community in which to live, learn,
and mature. It teaches young people to
appreciate diversity, think critically, and develop good character. It encourages students learn to love to
believe that the nature of student work should be relevant to students’
lives. It should have weight and
substance to it – it should “matter.”
Student work should be challenging and engaging. Students should be interactively engaged with
work that demonstrates their own construction of knowledge based on a solid
academic foundation. Student work should
foster both academic and interpersonal skills, and cultivate creativity and
believe that the curriculum should be connected to life. It should be engaging and diverse. It should be challenging, even intensive, but
shaped to student needs and abilities.
Curriculum should be interactive and flexible. It should contain a strong core of academics,
but allow exploration into a multitude of different realms, including examination
of how they interconnect. It should
permit expression of all different types of student strengths and stretch
student weaknesses. It should promote
creativity. It should extend to the world
outside the school walls.
believe that the pedagogy should be inquiry-oriented and interactive. It should focus on critical thinking, analysis
and the construction of knowledge. I
believe students should have opportunities to work in groups, to learn to
brainstorm, delegate and task share. I
believe they should also have the opportunity to work independently and pursue
their own areas of interest. I believe students
should be encouraged to teach their peers and learn from each other.
believe that the school climate should be student-focused first and supportive
of the faculty second. I believe
teachers should have the autonomy in their classroom to teach in their own
style and as they deem appropriate and beneficial. I believe teachers are in school to support
students and administration is in school to support teachers. I believe the school should be an active,
close-knit community where everyone is accepted and their unique abilities are
appreciated. I believe it should be a
place where everyone is respected and where diversity is celebrated. I believe teachers should function as a team,
working together to support and challenge each other and to provide the best
learning experience for each student. I
believe the school should be a place where both faculty and students truly
enjoy coming, and where learning is exciting.
I believe school is a place everyone should be proud to call theirs
because each person has a personal investment in it, and each person’s contribution
believe that the lessons learned in school will help to shape the student into a
responsible, upright citizen ready to take his or her place in our larger
society. I believe school should produce
people who are not satisfied merely to fulfill the status quo, but who are willing
and able to make a difference. I believe
students should emerge as educated, intelligent young people with strong
character and the ability to think for themselves. I believe students should learn to give back
to their communities and take an active role in the world around them.