My Classroom Culture:
I strive to create knowledge-based learning communities, where my students develop shared understandings, collaboration, and evolve the value of multiple and diverse learning environments. These unified communities build upon the strength of my students and fellow teachers by encouraging students to ask hard questions, set goals, lead conversations, and interact with people outside of the school environment, through interactive, online, Skype sessions with experts within our local communities.
By creating such engaged learning environments my role as the teacher has been shifted from the primary source of information to a more facilitative, and guiding role. I feel that this promotes an environment in which learners are encouraged to use constructive self reflection upon their discoveries, especially when students observe and apply thinking processes. These skills can provide a bridge between core classes and resources, allowing for greater success in every aspect of their academic journeys.
Philosophy of Teaching
Over the course of my academic career I have taken many classes and explored many topics. These classes have helped my wandering mind to focus on a career that would encompass all that the classes have taught me over the many years. This career I would choose would be a very selfless and rewarding career, that honors the many hours I spent within my academic adventure. I was inspired to become a teacher for many reasons. As teaching is a self-fulfilling career it lends me the opportunity to provide knowledge to others, become “civic-ly” engaged within my community and have a moral and ethical impact on the students.
Each academic opportunity in my life has given me pieces of knowledge that when pieced together create a beautiful tapestry of learning. I hope to pass this along to my students.My passion for teaching has not waned over many years of struggle and hardships. I have chosen to take each struggle and hardship, harness its energy, transform it into something worthy, then use it to boost my love for my students and the educational system.
I believe that education is the pinnacle of a child’s foundation. Education is what truly shapes our world and our futures. Without education, chaos would rule our lives. It is not an easy journey along the road of education. Everyone has their own ideas of how our society should handle the educating of our children, but what truly matters is who is handling our children’s academic futures. I feel that to be a teacher you have to be passionate about what you teach, how you teach and who you teach. Each child is beautiful and has so much to offer our society. It is our responsibility as educators to harness this greatness and provide a way for it to be released into the world.
Over the years, I believe that I personally have received more benefit from helping students then they may have received from me in our short time together. My immeasurable experiences during my time as a substitute and a paraprofessional have helped to prepare me for my teaching career. By getting involved with my community and providing public services to my students, I too can cement my own civil service and use my god given talent for the betterment of my country.
Success vs Failure
Within my own classroom I have learned that students don’t have to be reliant on a teacher for success. We need to provide ways for students to learn how to learn, so that regardless of the instructional approach, the student can feel comfortable and safe to gain the knowledge they need. This can create an environment that learning is about being both independent and interdependent.
I have also learned that students not only are consumers of technology, but creators of technology. Technology is an integral piece in enhancing student learning and enabling student innovation, as well as failure. Failure should be emphasized, encouraged, and critiqued in project-based environments. It is recognized that successful innovation comes after failure and that grit is only developed through enduring failure. Surprisingly, students are confused at first when presented with the idea of failure and mistakes are okay, but tend to gain comfort once explained that, in order to truly learn we must make mistakes, only then can we evaluate and improve on our learning.
Personal Mission Statement:
I choose the life of a public servant. To some I will never be considered rich, but I don’tmeasure my currency in dollars. My currency is bright ideas, imagination, serendipity, and A-ha moments. Many will ask “Why do you do it?” and I will simply respond with a smile and this, “I want to cultivate generations of well-informed, responsible, ambitious, freethinking, leaders of America, and it is my duty to my students to make it so.”