Teaching Philosophy

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The way to change the future is by influencing the youth of today. The reason I choose to teach is because I love inspiring youth and helping guide them through the tough years of high school to find themselves and their goals and dreams. I believe all students possess the ability to succeed. To be a successful teacher, you need to have passion for you career to evoke the best from your students. In order to make a positive change, teachers need to be the change. By being a positive role model for your students, students are able to learn both visually and verbally about life lessons they may not learn otherwise. Today’s youth is tomorrow’s future- this phrase is commonly known and a philosophy I want to teach by.

In my opinion, inclusion is the only suitable method of teaching. I believe all students can learn and are rarely the problem- it is more how things are presented to him/her. The best teachers present equal opportunities for their students to learn and grow. Teachers need to have the knowledge and confidence to adapt teaching methods so all types of learners can flourish. My future students will be provided with a safe and welcoming learning environment in which they can feel comfortable in all aspects. Every student in my classroom will be immersed in cultural diversity and learn to accept all differences. Also, the way society is moving, it is crucial to incorporate technology in the classroom and both model and teach proper netiquette. I believe in order to get the most out of your students you need to establish a respectful and open relationship in which communication can occur. All students will have their weaknesses and it is my job to also find their strengths for which they can use.

As an instructor, I plan to use differentiated instruction as often as possible. Differentiated instruction provides instruction that has the highest chance of all students learning. I believe teachers need enthusiasm for their subject in order for their students to take interest in it. In order to learn you have to have fun. I plan to teach my students in a fresh, innovative way that both inspires and interests my students. My goal is to answer their questions and leave them desiring to find out more on the topic. My classroom and grading scheme will not be biased to any particular group of students and will only rely on fairness and equality. All my students will not be stereotyped and ranked according to non-professional classifications. Chemistry and other sciences are subjects dependent on questions and collaborative discussions. My classroom and students will feel comfortable speaking and providing their viewpoint to various dialogues. Students will hold themselves accountable for their own success and rely on me and others as support groups for which they can depend upon. Finally, I believe the best way to gain the interest of my students is by using relatable examples and subject material which they are already familiar with. Students will learn easier; and consequently, also desire to keep learning.

6 thoughts on “Teaching Philosophy

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  2. Taylor – this is a great start to a teaching philosophy. One sentence I wasn’t sure about was: “All my students will not be stereotyped and ranked according to non-professional classifications.” – I’m unclear on what you mean by non-professional classifications. As you go forward, think about how you can link to lesson plans that you’ve taught in order to really back up what’s in your philosophy – how are you enacting it in the classroom?

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    Taylor, you wrote that “My goal is to answer their questions and leave them desiring to find out more on the topic.” I wonder if you have to always provide answers to your students’ questions. How about having them finding out the answers with your guidance; how about letting them generate their own inquiry questions?
    From your post, I can see the kinds of values that drive your educational philosophy. Do you still remember the tensions between values we talked about in the “Civic Organizing Framework” – the tension between “equality and freedom, diversity and unity, private wealth/excellence and commonwealth/excellence, law and ethics”? How do the tensions between these values play out in our work/ our practice as teachers?

    1. That’s a really good point! I absolutely believe that you don’t always need to give students the answer as a lot of the times that provides the opportunity for them to inquire on their own (which is a skill I want all my students to have). I am aware of the benefits of allowing students choice over what they learn and hope to always give my students their own options to learn more about areas they are interested in. I do remember the conversations we’ve had about “Civic Organizing Framework” and the tensions between “equality and freedom; diversity and unity, private wealth/excellence; and commonwealth/excellence; law and ethics”. I believe these are encountered in the classroom often and really breaks down my teaching philosophy. I believe that there is a middle ground for each of these comparisons and, depending on the situation, one will be more important that the other. I think that these comparisons helps balance teachers and helps different scenarios to work towards the better for each individual student. The conversation in class I believe ran parallel to this being that there is never one way that works best but each situation requires analysis and reflection on what benefits the majority of students and how to not leave students behind.

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