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**Instructional Philosophy**

I don’t believe there is only one “true” philosophy to teaching. I believe every class has different personalities and abilities which the teacher must be able to adapt to under the circumstances. For example, some classes may have more outgoing personalities which require an increased amount of group activities and participation. Others may be more laid back and math oriented which would require a more structured class environment. A talented teacher should be able to tailor his class organization for what fits best with that particular class.

**If a teacher expects an extraordinary amount of effort from their students, he must be prepared to give an extraordinary amount of effort himself. Students can tell if an instructor cares about his class by the way in which he or she is prepared. It takes time and effort to come up with new teaching material and not simply using your same old notes repetitively. However, the really good teachers put in a couple of extra hours each week to look up current events that fit well with the material they are teaching or maybe trying a new activity that might ignite discussion in class. When reviewing my teaching notes, I always ask myself if there is a better way of teaching this material or whether the way I have previously taught this section seemed to work well. Teaching is not a static process and it is up to the teacher to make the class engaging and interesting. I believe if the teacher is dedicated towards teaching an interesting and thought stimulating class, then his students will respond in kind.**

**Teaching mathematics is a challenge that brings me joy - I am fascinated by the subject of math, which (I have been told) is readily apparent in my teaching. On the other hand, there are those who consider it to be a difficult and boring subject, which they are not suited to learn. As it has happened many times, some of these people will become my students; and if that is the case, then part of my job is to show them that math can be both simple and fun and that they, too, can learn math.**

**I truly believe we as teachers have one of the best jobs on the planet. What other profession shapes a young person’s life more than ours? If you think about this question hard, your answer should be very few, if any. It is a privilege to be able to guide high school students’ way of thinking as they shape into young professional adults. I strive to better these students through dedication, approachability, and through the use of practical examples affecting their everyday lives.**