My philosophy on education is continuously expanding and evolving. As I journey to be the best teacher I can be, my views, ideas and areas of interest have grown and shifted.
You can observe my journey below.
Teaching Philosophy – updated April 2016
The world is a confusing and ever-changing place; even my own teaching philosophies have changed over my educational journey. From December 2014 to April 2015 to now at the end of my third year, my understandings have been constantly shifting as I have continued to explore the depths of education. I firmly believe that the goal of education should be to equip students with the tools and knowledge to navigate our world and go beyond the textbook.Students should be encouraged to question, investigate, and create their own understanding of our society, environment, and everything in between. My teaching philosophy is centered on creating an environment where students feel understood, challenged, and safe to explore any topic: a place where we learn in unique and innovative ways.
I believe that relationships are the key to unlocking student potential, and gaining a strong understanding of my students will allow me to create lessons that suit them and their interests. These relationships will also give me insight into how they think and learn. I am intrigued by Howard Gardner’s theories on multiple intelligences, and am eager to incorporate some of my own understandings of those theories into my units and lessons. In addition, I believe that when these theories are combined with choice, students will be even more engaged in their learning and excited to find new ways to learn and share their knowledge.
I believe that as our country and communities become even more culturally diverse than ever before, it is very important to acknowledge all cultures and beliefs in the classroom. I am passionate about incorporating social justice into my pedagogy and having students explore the variety of inequities in our world. I feel that we need to recognize our whole Canadian history, and work diligently to incorporate connections to First Nations understandings in my lessons. This is an area of great interest, and you can find samples of my unit and lesson outlines and resource collections on my e-portfolio.
In a world where information is at our fingertips, I believe that it is crucial to help students understand how to not only live in our technology-driven world, but how to navigate it, question it, and change it for the better. Students cannot truly explore the world by just sitting in a desk and reading from a textbook; therefore, my philosophy of education goes beyond the paper and incorporates instructional strategies such as hands-on activities, excursions, and interactive and student-led explorations. In my classroom students learn by immersing themselves in the topics being discussed through cross-curricular connections, project-based learning, and inquiry projects. These broader connections will encourage students to find connections and bring the world into our classroom. The use of technology enables us to reach much further than the walls of the school in ways that empower students to take control of their own learning, while being guided with the skills and strategies to become safe, successful and positive digital citizens.
Education can and should be exciting, engaging, creative, and full of inquiry. I strive to inspire students by utilizing a variety of instructional strategies in order to explore many facets of the world around us. Though my instructional strategies and tools may change over time as I am continually inspired by other great educators, my hope is that through these foundational philosophies I will be able to inspire students to relate to real-world material throughout all subject areas, and find value in lifelong learning, questioning, and exploration.