While cultivating my educational philosophy, I have focused primarily on what I imagine as the end product of my teaching and the qualities that I would like my students to gain from their educational experience.

Critical Thinking

I want my students to become critical thinkers with the skills to explore and solve problems that exist in the world around them.

Critical thinking is the ability to apply reasoning and logic to unfamiliar ideas, opinions, and situations.  Thinking critically involves seeing things in an open-minded way. This important skill allows people to look past their own views of the world and to adopt a more aware way of viewing the world.

Social Consciousness

I want my students to be socially conscious with a deep desire to right those who have been wronged.

I believe that modern colleges should “support disempowered groups such as the poor, minorities, and women by challenging the status quo that traditionally hold true in IT (Information Technology) departments today. Many of the Open Source World currently in place serve to keep dominant groups in power and to disempower others.  Here is a great talk given by the top Perl Programmer in the world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id6IA4AlUH8

Technological Proficiency

I want my students to gain mastery of the skills that will allow them to compete in the cutting-edge, global work force of the 21st century.

 Technology will be used as a tool to enhance student learning and to better incorporate multiple means of learning so that varying individual student needs are met. However, rather than becoming a distraction, technology will be seamlessly blended into curriculum. Teacher competency, thorough instructions and demonstrations, clearly conveyed rules and expectations, and consistent monitoring will prevent student misuse. While mastering note-taking, writing, analysis, and critical thinking skills, students will build technology skill-sets that will prepare them for the future.

Universal Learning

I want to achieve universal learning in my classroom through multiple means of presentation, engagement, and expression.

I believe that every student deserves an equal chance of learning and mastering all of the content presented in class. Every classroom is filled with multiple levels of diversity; even apparent monocultures play host to an abundance of differing types of student backgrounds and abilities. Within a single classroom you will find students from different cultures, with different skill sets, with different language needs, and different types of abilities and disabilities. Even very similar students vary in whether they learn better from visual, auditory, or tactile stimulation. Furthermore, regardless of a person’s preferred learning style, information is better absorbed and synthesized when presented using multiple means. The Universal Design for Learning provides a framework of curriculum design that incorporates multiple means of presentation, student engagement, and student expression. By utilizing technology and other methods to incorporate UDL into every lesson plan, I will meet the individual needs of every student in the classroom.