I am a New York City public school teacher. Like many teachers, my time is often spent thinking about my students and planning for our lessons. On the off chance I am galvanized to respond to current trends in education in the form of an inspiring (or inciting) blog post, you will find the update posted on my blogs page and on your RSS feeds. If you are a prospective teacher, I hope you find the many links useful. My aim is to help the next great teacher out there who wants to make teaching their profession.
My Teaching Philosophy
A few points:
- Teaching involves the emotional, social, and intellectual development of the student. Students do not just learn content; they learn how to grow as human beings.
- To me, good teaching is student-centered, permitting the student to work through their creative thinking process.
- The good teacher is always patient and persistent, never giving up on the student. Each student is unique and can succeed step by step, little by little, with the right encouragement and support.
- Learning happens inside and outside the classroom. Within a structured classroom setting, students learn how to be socially conscious members of society and informed, critical thinkers.
- The classroom experience ought to be safe, fun, rigorous, challenging, and inspiring.
- Learning requires making mistakes. Do not be afraid to make mistakes.