My thoughts on teaching...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

With the year coming to a close, and my sixth year of teaching winding down SO quickly, I thought it best to reflect on my own philosophy of teaching. From my first year until now, a lot has changed - I have grown so much! Thanks to great administrators and colleagues, I have honed my skills and will continue to do so down the road. I love reading about other teachers' philosophies, so here goes:

1. All kids can learn. ALL of them -- no exceptions! It's up to students to put forth effort to learn, and it's up to teachers to present the information in such a way that it is interesting and relevant to the students' lives.

2. Everyone learns differently.

3. Taking the time to build a trusting, loving rapport with students is never a waste of time.

4. A successful classroom is one that runs on a balance of structure and variety.

5. Communication is key. I believe in communicating exact expectations of everything from how to walk in the hallway to how to earn full points on a project. I also believe in bridging the gap between home and school for my students; I try to communicate with parents as much as possible, whether that is through a website, via e-mail, over the phone, or in person.

I want my students to be as excited about learning as I am. I always believe that my overall goal is to do what is best for students (Thanks Mr. Kross). As a role model, I must inspire and empower my students to reach their highest potential. My responsibility is to facilitate and guide  – not control. It is vital to recognize each student as special, unique, individuals. As a teacher with a background in gifted, its also very important that I am flexible in order to adjust to the varying range of needs that my students have.

I value patience, humility, and humor. I hope to facilitate empowerment. It is my goal to always be a good listener and to avoid boredom in the classroom. I will continually work to create a unique and stimulating environment for learning in which there are NO limits!

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