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"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies."

-George R.R. Martin

Instructional Philosophy and Belief Statements

Below are a list of my beliefs about developing a healthy classroom community as I set out to lead students, follow routines, create activities, and implement assessments in this course. I encourage you to inquire further about these beliefs as I would be happy to share why they are important to me as both teacher and learner.

    • Smart is something you become.
    • Learning is a responsibility that students must take.
    • Risk, struggle, and practice are essential to learning.
    • Feedback is necessary for intellectual growth and improved skill.
    • Assessment is for learning, not for judging. It is about identifying the next steps.
    • Reflection is required for becoming a critical and independent thinker

The Workshop Model

This year we will be introducing the workshop model as the primary method of instruction. The aim of the workshop model is to guide students in their learning rather than to simply tell them what to think or what the right answer is on the test. Think of the method as more like coaching than traditional lecture style classes. In this instructional philosophy student thinking, discussion (both verbal and written), collaboration, and reflection will be the driving factors determining the course direction and focus. The benefit of this model is that instruction is more individualized, and students will have the opportunity to develop independent thinking skills. The critical thinking skills that are developed will be very beneficial for students as they move onto more advanced course