My philosophy on education does not fit nicely into any one specific category. In fact, I find it very improbable that someone can truly fit into one category. We take what we like from the different categories and develop our own unique philosophy based on those ideas. I believe it is important to connect with students using what interests them in order to engage them in their own education. Catering to the interests of the students will keep them interested in what is being taught. At the same time I understand that importance of the classics. They are “the classics” for a reason. Studying the likes of Homer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Twain, and others helps students see where we, as a people, are coming from. These authors still influence literature today, and I want my students to appreciate these texts have been read and studied for centuries.
Education does not end in the textbook. This idea applies to the teacher as well. My job does not end when the bell rings. I need to be there for my students after school as well, and will be available after school for extra help.