My Teaching Philosophy:
Great teachers need to have empathy when leading a diverse, dynamic classroom. Recognition of the plethora of backgrounds is crucial; otherwise students will never open themselves to growth. Teachers need to recognize the type and magnitude of help required by individuals. Some students thrive naturally and yet others will struggle even with undivided attention. Teachers must not abandon students or allow them to be left behind. This creates a positive feedback loop and a fixed growth mindset which will perpetuate throughout the student’s life.
Great teachers need to be adaptive. Often there are very few resources present. In a perfect world, budgets would provide a surplus of everything but sadly this is not the reality and oftentimes classrooms are packed with students and lacking in learning materials. A great teacher will be able to think on their feet, be highly mobile, and accommodate everyone even in the most difficult environments.
Great teachers hold their students to high standards These teachers will treat their students fairly, without bias, and promote equitability if not equality. When pupils are held to reasonably high standards, they will reach to their limits to meet them. This creates a growth mindset and helps them understand that their limits are vast and invincible.
Great teachers have the ability to bring their passion into the outlined learning objectives. They understand the importance of creating strong foundational knowledge but also want to foster independent thinkers and understand the importance of making connections between the material and the real world. Creating students who can apply their knowledge to the practical scenarios and think on their feet is indispensable.
Great teachers choose this profession to affect change. All the necessary skills are learned from over the course of a career but the passion for the work must be inherent. Everything else is secondary. The passion to affect change is why I chose this profession and it is what drives me during difficult times.