A teacher can greatly touch the lives of thousands of students in his or her lifetime. Growing up and being affected by great teachers throughout my life, I seek to give back to students in the same way that I was given, by providing students with a motivating and inspiring education. Being a teacher for the last 8 years has allowed me to use my charisma in the classroom to inspire and educate students inside and outside of the classroom. My philosophy on education and teaching has developed out of the material I teach, research on education and the lessons that I’ve learned from personal teaching successes and failures.
While I was a student, I had many teachers who have stood out in my memory that had some attributes in common: they presented their subjects in a way that interested me, clarified difficult topics, and put knowledge into context so that it was relevant to my life. These role models have influenced my approach to teaching. Whenever I design a lesson, I always make sure to keep these key concepts in my mind so that I engage all of my students in every lesson. By teaching for 8 years, I’ve also realized that enthusiasm is crucial to teaching. The teacher must be legitimately excited and enthusiastic about their subject area as when students see this, it becomes contagious to them.
When I hear the excitement within my students and the fact that I was able to make a difference in their lives, it makes me realize that teaching is the only profession for me. One crucial aspect of my teaching philosophy is the realization that not all students learn in the same way. Since students learn in a variety of ways, I must differentiate my lessons to accommodate a variety of different learners. Every unit that I construct integrates technology into the classroom, visual aids, direct instruction, Power Point, Castle Learning, and exposes students to a multitude of learning styles to give all students the opportunity to excel in different areas of intelligence. While students are in my classroom, they will also be refining their reading, writing, and vocabulary skills through the implementation of rigorous historical documents and the implementation of the Collines Writing Method. In addition, students are constantly being exposed to developing 21st century skills so that they will be able to compete with the global job market that has been thrust upon them. My lessons are designed to inspire students about history, while preparing them to pass the New York State Regents exam at the mastery level.
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry