My Philosophy of Education

My Philosophy of Education

“Teaching is not a profession; it’s a passion.

Without passion for your subject and a desire for your students to learn and be the best in the world,

then we have failed as a teacher and failure is not an option.” –John F. Podojil

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In my opinion, this quotation is very true.  Effective teachers possess the passion to educate and engage their students in the subject matter as well as the desire to guide each of their student’s ambitions towards becoming the best version of themselves.  Without a “teacher’s heart” there is no passion and therefore leads to failure.  Failure is not an option for effective teachers like myself.

As an effective teacher, I value the following concepts:

  • Preparation is key for providing high quality teaching.  Effective teachers will strive to be prepared by knowing the material, providing visuals, and sequencing the class time in a logical and consistent manner.

  • Effective teachers know the subject matter.  They know the material well enough to help students see how the material relates to society and/or themselves.

  • Each student is unique; therefore, effective teachers know pertinent information about their students.  In order to share knowledge that is relevant to their students, teachers must know their needs, expectations, career goals, etc.

  • Each student should be recognized as an individual with different learning needs.  Effective teachers utilize instructional strategies that allow each student to attain his/her potential by incorporating various teaching methods which address all learning modalities.  Students should be exposed to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic teaching techniques.

  • Students should be advocate learners through the encouragement and expectation of the teacher to participate in their own learning experiences.  Students learn best by taking action.   An important part of the learning process is expressing individual opinions and receiving feedback about these opinions.  Teachers who step away from the traditional lecture and use practical examples and make the material relevant will help students better understand complex concepts by actively focusing their thinking on the concept rather than passively listening to a lecture.  Students develop a valuable understanding of a topic when teachers create opportunities for them to act rather than to merely read a book or listen to a lecture.

  • Effective teaching strategies strive to deliver a quality product by defining the effective standards that are being met, setting realistic objectives, reexamining course content to make sure the objectives are being met, and implementing positive changes that will maintain and improve their teaching strategies.

  • Effective teachers understand that change is good and must by open to change.  They constantly reevaluate their courses with the goal of improving the learning environment.  Effective teachers will also vary their mode of presentation on a day-to-day basis.

  • Because each student should aim for a life of good citizenship and autonomy, teachers must aid students in developing habits of responsibility and discipline.  This can be accomplished by creating a fair but demanding learning environment.  It is critical that students are expected to act responsibly, to learn to be professional, and to meet high standards in the classroom.  Students should be required to adhere to deadlines, produce quality work, and act professionally in their interactions with one another and the teacher.

  • Effective teachers often play the role of mentor in the lives of students.  For this reason, teachers should display the same characteristics which they hope their students develop.  As it has been said, "More is caught than is taught."

  • Because students will need a variety of skills as they journey through life, it is important for them to gain a variety of experiences.  Value should be placed on extracurricular activities and teachers should support and encourage students in these engagements.

  • Because each child comes from a unique home life, it is vital to include parents/guardians in the education of their children.  At times students need help making their education a priority.  At other times, students need to be recognized for working hard or for doing an exceptional job.  Parents/guardians need to be kept informed of their children's progress so that they are able to partner with teachers in their child's education.

  • Effective teachers are team players.  They collaborate with and learn from their colleagues.  Effective teachers also know how vital it is for them to be a lifelong learner.

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