My philosophy of teaching and learning is simple and inspired by the following excerpt of
"The Star Thrower" by Loren Eiseley:
Once upon a time, there was a wise man that used to go to the ocean to do his writing. One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the
beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all.
The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean. He came closer still and called out,
"Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?" The young man paused, looked up, and replied, "Throwing starfish into the ocean."
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But young man, do you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile?"
You can't possibly make a difference!" At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."
I want to make difference. I believe that all my students are unique and special. It is my desire to help all my students discover how they learn best so they can develop socially and academically and blossom into successful life-long learners.