My educational philosophy is based on the idea that it takes a village to raise a child. I believe that success is achievable for every student if the roles in the villagers are identified and effectively utilized. To ensure success students need a safe, engaging, and rigorous environment where they can be stretched academically, emotionally, socially as well as physically. I endeavor to create village where the stakeholders can collaborate to ensure student success and a solid foundation that students can build on for the future.
The teacher is the holder of the knowledge and is tasked with creating lessons that are both engaging and challenging to students. It is the teacher’s job to meet his students where they are academically and move the academic needle. The teacher is responsible for keeping a safe environment where all learners can feel safe to make mistakes learn from them and grow. It is the teacher’s job to stretch the students out of their comfort zone break them out of the mold they are in and push them to new and deeper levels of critical thinking because nothing grows in the comfort zone.
Students are the main focus of this village, they are however not the here to only receive and be served. Students are expected to be active participants in their learning. It is not enough to “show up” they need to be prepared to learn every day; they need to complete assignments given to them, review the material taught with the aim of understanding it as well as practicing it. Learning is an active process and passivity is the enemy of learning. Students need to have some intrinsic motivation, some desire to push and stretch themselves. Students also need to respect the people and property involved in the learning process.
The third part of the village is the student’s community. This are the people outside of the four walls of the school that have meaningful contact with the students. They include but are not limited to parents, neighbors, coaches, religious leaders are important as they provide the student with their first informal education as well as providing crucial support in their formal education. These individuals know students from a young age and can serve as a source of extrinsic motivation.
Teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. As a teacher I want to help my students discover a love for learning as I share my own passion for learning with them. As a lifelong learner I believe students need to see compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with them and helping them prepare for a future. Let’s do something awesome together.