Learning is the basis for personal growth, and teaching is one opportunity to learn from others. Students possess the desire to learn and share. They each have a unique view of the world to offer. I encourage an exchange of ideas between my students and myself. I always consider myself to be a student while I am teaching, so I am the best student in the room. Students have a wealth of experiences to share, and I want my students to know that I am eager to learn from them also. I believe that the biggest injustice that an educator can commit is to be complacent. Every experience has something to offer us, and if we continually strive to better ourselves as a result of that experience then we are truly educators. "The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know." - Socrates
My beliefs about students greatly influence how I teach. Every teacher has unique experiences, attitudes about teaching methods, and views on how to teach. I believe that all students are capable of learning. My philosophy encompasses a variety of aspects, that combined, will create a positive, student-centered atmosphere in and out of my classroom. I want each student to notice my enthusiasm for teaching and learning when they are a part of my class. I work to make my classroom environment open, friendly, fun, challenging and inspiring. I try to cultivate an innate curiosity and love of learning in my students. I want them to discover a passion for learning. By creating an encouraging, orderly classroom environment, involving discussions and group work, I will encourage students to become successful learners and problem solvers. I teach with students goals and interests as part of the curriculum. I have very positive attitudes and views, and I love working with students. It is equally important to remain open minded to new trends and techniques that may benefit our students. An educational philosophy is not static; it changes with time and experience, and I will continually reflect, examine, and refine what I believe and why I believe it. I believe that my philosophy and the way that I understand things will change with the knowledge that I gain. With this change I am open to anything and my views will be flexible and as open to opinions as I can be. I know that if my students believe that they can do anything and dream, they can conquer a new goal everyday, then I will have succeeded as a teacher in my classroom. In conclusion, I believe that every person can walk through the door eager to learn and walk out ready to teach others with new, bright, and broad horizons. A profession, which impacts the lives of so many people, demands nothing less than my best efforts.