Goals & Foundational Principles
My goals of teaching reach far beyond the outcomes of the curriculum and focus on each individual separately. I encourage critical thinking skills so students can have the ability to apply the knowledge they acquire in the classroom to real world problems will allow them to reflect on, and understand the connection between assignments, and course objectives. I agree with what Bill Beattie states, “The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.” I believe in an ideal “safe” environment that consists of three important aspects: (1) where the teacher acts as a mentor, (2) where student’s natural curiosity directs their learning, and (3) where respect is promoted for all things and individuals. The journey of learning is viewed crucial from the curriculum standpoint, but along the way I believe I need to help students foster a deep love and respect for themselves, their knowledge and their ideas.
Teaching & Assessment Methods
The progress of student learning, I believe, is affected immensely by teaching methods. Maintaining a strong, and clear communication path with students, which includes precise instruction, is important so grey areas are eliminated. Open communication allows individuals to develop their communication skills. Students in the classroom should always be given a choice, which helps them to be involved in the decision making aspect of their learning. Involvement in decision making allows the student to be more engaged in the course material. I believe in having an inclusionary approach in my teaching style where peer and individualized learning is emphasized. Throughout an individual’s learning process, I believe that formative assessments are very valuable for allowing prompt and helpful feedback. The information gathered from the formative assessments can benefit both the student and I, because I will know if the students are retaining and understanding the information, and it can guide my instruction by showing me if I need to modify my teaching and learning activities to improve the student’s attainment.
Overall Value of My Teaching Role
Teaching is a life-long process that provides me with an opportunity for continual learning and growth. As an educator, I have an unconditional love for teaching and learning that I want to instill and pass on to my students. I believe that if a teacher is passionate about what they are teaching it is more probable that their students will be more dedicated to it. The field of teaching needs to be filled with educators who are strong and devoted individuals that are excited to work with children and youth. There is no single perfect method for teaching, but I want to keep striving to identify the approaches that work best for each individual so I can learn from my students and positively enhance their learning.