Educational Philosophy

 

I believe that education should be individualized so that the institution of learning itself becomes symphonic as a class, be it in Special Education or the content area of English. Teaching became my passion before I intended to make it a career. I was a teaching assistant as a post-graduate student at my undergraduate alma mater, Hilbert College. I enjoyed performing as a teacher; I inhaled the energy from my students and dispelled more. Teaching, to me, is the presentation of concepts following the movement of material either verbally, visually or through tactile learning activities. This may also be described as a strong energy immediately followed by my retreating to the background to allow the students to utilize what they have learned. I pride myself on being open-minded as a mindset in and of itself and willing to work with students regarding an assignment or a method of instruction. I have a naturally positive, can-do attitude and I believe that everything in the classroom begins with respect and acceptance to create the community within the room through the exchange of ideas. One objection that I have about our current society is that there seems to lack a certain work ethic that appeared to have been more readily inherent in earlier generations. My work ethic and dedication to setting my mind to a goal or a desire to better improve, be it through revising my voice in a paper or improving a study guide for my students, and seeing it through; not merely with words, but with actions. I exemplify work ethic in students by holding them accountable to their learning and their commitments to school as there is then a sense of ownership, not merely for the ultimate grade on the page, but the standard that they use to rate themselves.