My Instructional Philosophy
My instructional philosophy has been influenced and shaped by a variety of learning experiences. These experiences include not only knowledge gained through the institutional study of the art of teaching, but also real life experience. I have traveled around the world, worked for the government, worked for corporations, and managed my own business. I have taught in several different schools and at several different grade levels. I read avidly and frequently seek out other teachers to discover new ways of improving my teaching. Out of all of these influences, I have developed the following philosophies that are at the root of my instruction. However, as a life long learner and a critical thinker, my philosophies continue to evolve with experience.
Goals of Education
- Provide students with the skills necessary to support themselves and be contributing members of our society.
- Train students to be participants in our democratic system.
- Develop the abilities of students to become self directed learners.
- Development of analytical thinking and communication skills.
- Promoting understanding and tolerance to maintain our diverse culture.
The Learning Process
- The application of knowledge provides the best method of retention.
- Constructing knowledge requires building a foundation by drawing on prior experience.
- Setting high and attainable learning expectations leads to increased student performance.
- Learning requires self motivation.
- The development of language abilities is essential to learning.
- Only legitimate success builds confidence.
- Assessments must cover what was taught to be valid.
- Multiple assessment strategies should be used.
Duties of the Teacher
- Provide the training that students need to succeed in the real world.
- Be well versed in their subject matter.
- Create and enforce clear boundaries to promote an environment conducive to learning
- Develop a broad set of strategies to address as many of the different learning styles of their students as possible.
- Develop curriculum that is relevant, sequential, engaging and appropriate to meet the standards for the subject matter and grade level being taught.
- Model clear standards of personal conduct.
- Protect the physical safety of the students.
- Communicate expectations and student’s progress in reasonable intervals to parent.
Relating to Students
- All students can learn if they are motivated.
- Enabling a student’s weaknesses only hurts them in the long run.
- The most influential person in a student’s life is their parent.
- Students should be prepared for class each day.
- A student is responsible for their own learning.
The Real World
- The most qualified applicant gets the job.
- People get fired for missing deadlines.
- Employers and clients are usually only interested in the end result not the process
- People with more education and/or valuable skills generally earn more money.
- Appearances do matter.
- People with strong communication skills generally do bette.r
- The exception is not the rule.
- You may have to work with people you don’t like.
- Not being prepared can cost you dearly.
- Achieving success results from not just working hard, but working smart.