Teaching Philosophy

I am going to walk in the door everyday with a smile and an open mind.  I am going to prepare everyday with the mindset of creating a spark within the minds of my students. 

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards”. Anatole France 

First and foremost I plan to create a safe, secure and caring environment where students know that their ideas and opinions and suggestions will be respected by the teacher and the class.  Students will know that there is more than one right answer and everyone’s opinion will be noted and valued.  I will create an environment where students are constantly challenged and asked to see the bigger picture (deeper understanding of every topic they look into). 

Students and teacher will work hard being well aware that there are no shortcuts to success.  I will display and introduce a work ethic as a teacher that I hope my students will adopt.  If students need to come in early for tutoring I will come in early.  If students need tutoring after school I will also be available.  I will show them what can occur when they work hard towards their goals.  I will show them the importance of taking on challenges.  I will implement a team environment where students care for and help each other when needed.  

I will always model what I am looking for in the class.  I will introduce the idea of Gradual Release of Responsibility to my students in every lesson (Pearson and Gallagher).  The students will always know what I expect from them as a final outcome.  I will never leave it up to a guessing game.  I will scaffold assignments allowing the students to take on small chunks and not be overwhelmed by the size of the assignment (Vygotsky).  Students will always be involved in discussions.  I will always lead discussion in the direction I think is important.  It will take the flow of natural discussion.  Students will build off of each others ideas. 

I will strive to help students become independent thinkers.  I will help them see the importance of questioning the pack mentality.  I will show them the importance of having their own internal set of values.  I will show them the importance of taking ownership of everything they do and doing their best at whatever they do.    I will provide students with access to great literature, interesting movies, and thought provoking lessons.  My classroom will be a part of the community not just a classroom in a community.  Students will be given opportunities to participate in community events that have been introduced to them. 

I look forward to providing students with great tools and experiences to use as they continue working towards the careers of their dreams. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”  -William Butler Yeats

The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer. - Alice Wellington Rollins