The Death of Socrates (1787)

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It is that time of year again, the first weekend after the start of school is here. That means it is time for me to look at my teaching philosophy to see if what I have learned, seen or been a part of over the past year has changed how I believe I should be teaching my students or if any of my foundational teaching beliefs have changed.

My Educational Philosophy for 2010 is:

“I strongly believe that we have to prepare our students for their future and using the tools and teaching methods that are available to us today and not restricting learning to how it was done in 1910, 1975 or 2000.

I accept the challenge that we have the responsibility to teach our students how to advocate for themselves, solve problems and have an open mind to ideas or solutions that may not be the first one considered.  I also expect students to make mistakes and that my classroom is a safe place to make them.

When introducing new concepts, technology or even reviewing what should have been learned previously, I cannot overestimate or assume that students have the background knowledge to be successful – in other words teach the students where they actually are, not where I believe they should be.  I need to ensure that when technology is used in class it is just a normal part of what we do and not something special.

Finally, my classroom is a safe haven for my students.”

My teaching philosophy has changed significantly since I first wrote it back in 2001-2002.  In that first edition I focused on a lot of buzzwords and edu-jargon to show that I was a teacher.  In this rendition I have a lot more self-confidence about my ability to be successful in the classroom and I have attempted to reduce edu-speak to a minimum and focus on things that I can address in with my students, not to them.

Technology is a big part of my teaching philosophy because it is my student’s future and I will be teaching students how to use as many different forms as I can during their time with me.

What is your teaching philosophy and why does it work for you?

“There is no try, only do.” – Yoda

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