Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy has developed from a fusion of redesigning teacher expectations, and conceptualizing common learner struggles. I believe that education and learning is like a garden; and the students, regardless of age, are the flowers. Educators in this analogy may be considered to be the botanists, and although we can plant and examine many different types of flowers in the same garden simultaneously, the flowers will bloom at different times, in different ways, sizes, shapes, etc.

I lead by example, absent of bias and prejudice, yet at the same time provoking to enhance dialogue and intellectualism. In my view, the most effective methods for teaching are facilitative and non-authoritarian. My methods are decisive and structured, nevertheless an amorphous structure and I recognize this methodology as successful when students increasingly become more confident and eager to meet deadlines and guidelines, yet meager to disappoint.

The most important aspects of my teaching are my patience and motivational approaches. My goal by teaching through patient perseverance is to allow students to combine content mastery and collaboration, with self-discovery and realization.



Equity in Diversity

To provide for students in our classrooms, it is essential to use integration, acceptance, and empowerment.  It can often seem difficult for students, and many times teachers, to accept individuals from a different culture. By empowering these students, we can expose students to the benefits of becoming ‘cultured’ and developing a sense of cultural sensitivity, by having multicultural projects, research, and presentations, where students are paired with students of different cultures.

Teachers can integrate students, get involved, and, “help students to understand, investigate, and determine the implicit cultural assumptions and frames of reference and perspectives of the discipline they’re teaching” (Banks 1998, p.1). By creating a sense of equity and exposure to various cultures, social structures, boundaries, and norms, personal viewpoints can be altered through personal experiences.