My philosophy of education is that all Students are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can meet their full potential. I will provide a safe environment where students where students are invited to share their ideas and take risks.
I believe that their are four essential elements that are conducive to learning:
(1) the teachers role is to act as a guide.
(2) Students must have access to hands-on activities.
(3) Students should be able to have choices and let their curiosity direct their learning.
(4) Students need the opportunity to practice skills in a safe environment.
A teacher is a person who creates an environment that is conducive to learning — a place where students can immerse themselves in a subject or discipline as they assimilate a body of requisite information, concepts, and/or skills. Learning is not a passive process, it requires motivation, effort, and persistence. Good students enter the learning environment with a commitment to scholarship, a willingness to work, and a sense of personal responsibility toward achieving their educational goals. Good teachers provide an environment that is challenging yet supportive. They set goals and deadlines. They furnish resources, critique performance, and provide enough stimulation to minimize distractions and sustain motivation. Despite the best intentions and methods, the most effective teacher in the world cannot teach someone who is unwilling to learn. The idea that students must be active participants in the learning process is diametrically opposed to the currently fashionable view that the student is a 'customer' and the school is merely a vendor of knowledge and degrees. In my role as a teacher, I have three primary functions: tour guide, facilitator, and gate keeper. These are not mutually exclusive activities, although students often regard them as such. Each lecture, laboratory, or homework assignment contains elements of all three functions.