“Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey.
I am passionately dedicated to ensuring that my students—who are deserving of a safe, secure, and stimulating environment—are given the opportunities to grow and mature emotionally and intellectually. In order to do so, my goal is to establish a positive and productive learning environment that fosters and promotes the academic potential and social wellbeing of all students.
Three elements that are conducive to establishing such an environment are: (1) teacher encouragement and motivation, (2) differentiated instruction, and (3) collaboration.
Through teaching, I am able to demonstrate my passion and enthusiasm for education while promoting lifelong learning to my students. I am able to serve as a positive role model while providing them with a better future through education. In order to foster intrinsic motivation, I intend on providing my students with challenging yet supportive lessons and assignments. In doing so, I will be teaching at a slightly higher level than my students think they can accomplish, while providing them with the tools and encouragement required to reach that level. In holding these high, clearly-defined expectations for students, I demonstrate my confidence in their ability to be successful. While my expectations remain high, my expectations for myself are even greater. In order to uphold these expectations, I plan on continually reflecting on my values and beliefs and assessing my techniques and pedagogies.
Each student is a unique individual who learns in a different way. In order to cater to this, I practice differentiated instruction in my classroom. I design lessons based on my students’ diverse learning styles and group them by their shared interests or academic abilities. To maintain this, I continually assess and adjust lesson content to meet my students’ changing needs. When students have vested interests in the curriculum, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals.
Students should work collaboratively to benefit from each other’s strengths and weaknesses. As a means to foster this, I utilize collaborative learning in my classroom. More specifically, I place my students together in small groups and assign them to work on a structured activity. Each student is accountable for their individual work, and the work of the group as a whole is also assessed. These cooperative groups work face-to-face and learn to work as a team. In small groups, students develop their interpersonal skills and learn to resolve conflicts. Practicing collaborative and cooperative learning fosters non-academic skills that are essential to the success of all students.