Philosophy

Ms. Allen

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Educational Philosophy

 

In my experience teaching at the elementary, middle, and undergraduate levels, I have developed an understanding concerning the art of teaching and learning: Teaching is not about instructing students as if their minds were empty and waiting to be filled. It is about cultivating curiosity, inspiring intellectual growth, and encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning. Learning is not a simple thing. It is a complex process that differs from student to student, subject to subject, and can seem as simple to one student as it appears impossible to another. As a teacher, it is my goal to enhance student learning. I want my students to feel inspired while they participate in a class I am teaching. To this end I take the time to learn about my students, adapting my lessons according to their needs, the subject matter, and the setting. I take the time, when the topic allows, to make my lessons relevant to my students’ world encouraging critical thinking and stimulating intellectual growth through general discussion. When designing lesson plans and evaluation requirements, I strive to optimize student participation and success. In addition, I actively encourage parent-teacher dialogue during office hours, by appointment, telephone, and email. Notably, I regularly strive to improve my teaching by seeking student feedback, talking with peers, reading and experimenting with new methods, and attending seminars of interest to my field. In short, my overall philosophy concerning teaching can be summed up with this one quote:

 

 

                     "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The

                      superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."

                                                                                --William Arthur Ward



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Kristen Henniger

 

Citations

Henniger, Kristen. "Philosophy." tourostudent.khenniger. July 22, 2008. Touro College. 22 Jul 2008 http://tourostudent.khenniger.googlepages.com/home522.