Philosophy of Instruction
I believe that the most important thing a child can learn from my teaching is that he or she is unique and valuable and that success should be measured not by the grades received but the amount of knowledge acquired.
I believe that all teachers have a responsibility to create high standards of learning for all students, regardless of ability and that instruction should be appropriate, yet challenging for those students who are struggling learners.
I believe that teachers have a responsibility to make continuous growth and improvement a solid commitment in their career and that constant reflection is essential to promote change and reach high standards of education.
I believe that good teachers educate students by demonstration, by helping students construct their own knowledge, and by empowering students as learners.
I believe that all children, regardless of ability or exceptionality, have the capacity to learn through individualized instruction and that these children should receive any and all accommodations necessary to make learning possible.
I believe that an effective teacher is patient, respectful and compassionate about his or her professional role in the development and education of children.
I believe that “learning to teach is a lifetime affair” (Lieberman & Miller, 2004).
I believe that teachers are the best advocates for their own students and only they can create the learning environment most appropriate for the individual needs of their students.
I believe that the most effective learning environment is one where all students and faculty are respected as unique individuals.