My Philosophy of Education
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
The foundation for my philosophy of teaching is very simple. I believe that if I am bored, the students are bored. I structure my teaching methods and strategies towards grasping not only the interests of my students but of myself as well. This enables my students to take away a positive experience from the learning process. Many times students enter my classroom with the attitude that English is a tedious and boring subject. I feel it is my duty as an English teacher to remove this negative point of view by creating a positive learning environment. This environment should awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge in the areas of language and literature. I also believe that the teacher is an artist. This artist produces inspiration in students to question, to develop their own ideas, and to express themselves. This enables the student to become more enthusiastic about learning in the English classroom and learning throughout life.
Literature should be used to help students create contexts and meanings for themselves. Close examinations of literature enable students to think critically about literature itself, as well as their own lives and decisions. Literature in the classroom should contain a variety of genres, authors, and cultures to engage students in looking at the world and their lives from different perspectives. Teaching grammar should fit within the literature being read and the works being composed, with connections to student work. It should be approached functionally, deriving its meaning and relevance from the classroom context. As a teacher, one should always have the goal to keep oneself aware of current teaching practices and trends and to seek ways to teach content more effectively.
Methodologically, group work and cooperation are important in all learning endeavors. Learning to work together, to take risks, to take pride and responsibility in each other’s work, and to help each other are all issues that group work deals with implicitly. Students should be encouraged to explore language, expression, and communication. Each of these contributes to expanding their ways of thinking, perceiving, and communicating in the world.
The integration of technology into the curriculum is an important issue in an ever-growing technocentric society. Technology has been referred to as a second language, and those who do not learn this new language are at educational, economic, and social disadvantages. Because technology plays such a large role in modern society, all students need ample opportunities to learn how to use and enjoy it. The National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association have developed twelve language arts standards, which state that all students should have the resources to develop the...