Matthew Miller

First up, I think educators should act like coaches, literally. We should be coaching our students in the learning process. Education should be centered on learners. More about this on my Vision and Philosophy page.

Technology and culture are constantly changing. Learning, however, doesn't really change. Neither do the fundamentals of how great teachers engage students. The specific methods teachers use to implement those fundamentals does sometimes change as new tools and techniques are developed. As teachers, we should adapt alongside our students as these become available. Our focus, however, should remain firmly on the fundamentals rather than on the tool or technique du jour.

I believe we have a moral imperative to continually examine how we help students learn. Taking guidance from my students' lives and from neurological research on the actual mechanisms of effective learning is the way I want to teach.

[Portrait by Joon Ho Park, one of my students in 2013-14]