My Educational Philosophy
The purpose of schooling in contemporary American society is to create a safe, positive, and learner-centered classroom environment in which the staff and community collectively nurture and inspire life long learners and participants in a culturally diverse and democratic society. “In an effective classroom, students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how.” The above quote is from Harry Wong. I strongly believe that in order for learning to take place, students should know what is expected of them. When routines and procedures are established, it is only then that true learning can take place.
-That all children can learn.
-That every child is different and unique in their own way and it is my responsibility to recognize, appreciate, and utilize these differences.
-In creating a climate of mutual respect for culture, race, and gender, thus leading us to a greater appreciation of diversity.
- In creating a partnership with the family and community in order to engage and support all students in learning.
- In setting high expectations for all students through the use of district, state, and national level standards.
-That students are important contributors in the educational process and not passive recipients.
-In engaging students in rich and challenging work, based on current brain research and grounded in higher order thinking skills.
-In utilizing differentiated forms of instructional techniques that accommodate individual learning styles and making learning more relevant to the learner.
-In the use of a wide array of traditional, authentic, and alternative forms of assessment.
-In incorporating modern day technology throughout the curriculum.
-In centering the classroom around the student with the teacher as a facilitator and the student as an inquirer of new information.
-In ongoing assessment of the students and faculty.
-In constant and continual professional development opportunities for all teachers and staff.