My philosophy for teaching is to instill wisdom, values, morals, and norms about everyday life as well as knowledge. Marian Wright Edelman, an activist, said, “education is improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” As an educator, I completely agree with this quote. My plans are to assist my students in pushing them to develop their own individual’s life, but If I can help by changing one life, I come in contact with, then my mission is accomplished. Each child is different, but they all seek love. I plan on providing this love through my teachings and life experiences. I stride to connect to my students on all levels, emotionally, mentally, intellectually, and socially. I want to build a foundation with students to help them reach their fullest potential by including family involvement. I will present learning curriculums that will not only teach but will keep their interest. I plan on utilizing technology to incorporate themes. As an educator, I will always be prepared and provide a safe learning environment that is nurturing and healthy for children.
I’ve been a teacher for 12 years and on my second year as an ENL teacher at MS 118. All ENL students feel encouraged when they are provided a class space that is consistently organized and containing rich resources that they can make connections with their diverse backgrounds. Also, knowing each student’s interests, learning styles and needs is an opportunity to prepare fun and creative ways for them to become great learners of the language. I was born and raised in another country and know 2 other languages, so I share similar experiences with my students. I’m committed to fulfilling my teaching beliefs and ENL practices at MS 118. I’m thankful to be a part of this wonderful school community.
As a Special Education Teacher at MS118 and my sixth year working for the DOE, I have learned and grow so much as a professional. The experiences with students and working with amazing teachers during these sixth year are the main reason of my growth professionally and personally. I believe Education should be a lifelong activity, and every individual should have the opportunity to pursue a quality education. To that end, it is my personal mission to continually improve my own teaching, in order that my students have the opportunity to receive an educational experience that prepares them for their future and to allow them become self-sufficient learners.
I am a caring and enthusiastic teacher. I believe that the students deserve compassion and respect and therefore must be shown patience and understanding.
My goal is to encourage my students to critically think about the world around them. They must be provided with the time and tools to explore.
It is important to engage with the past to understand the present and plan for the future. The students will be that future and need to develop the self-autonomy and confidence to shape their world.
My students must strive to be ready to learn, responsible for their actions, and respectful to those around them.
I believe that a classroom should be a safe, caring community where children are free to speak their mind and blossom and grow. During these challenging and unique times, I will use strategies to ensure our classroom community will flourish, instructing students on how to use inquiry and problem-solving skills, thus helping them to learn how to navigate the world we live in.
Teaching is a process of learning from your students, colleagues, parents, and the community. This is a lifelong process where you learn new strategies, new ideas, and new philosophies. Over time, my educational philosophy has changed, and that’s okay. That just means that I have grown in my craft and learned new things.
In my 15 years of teaching at MS 118, I have learned so much from my students. It’s what keeps me coming back to the profession year after year. I think every student has the potential to be great. It is paramount to have parents involved in their child’s education and it’s my priority to involve and communicate with them as often as possible. As a middle school educator, I am sensitive to the social/emotional issues students are experiencing on a daily basis and I feel this has to be accounted for when planning curriculum and instruction. Children need a safe haven at school and I do my very best to provide that for them with a positive and inviting learning environment free from bullying behaviors and prejudice. I am one of the co-creators of the culturally responsive curriculum for 8th grade ELA here at 118 and I believe this will help students grapple with these times of racial injustice in our country.
I believe that every classroom has its own unique community. My role as the teacher will be to assist and encourage each child in developing their own potential and learning style.
As an art educator for many years I have encouraged art expression and creativity for all of my students. It has been extremely rewarding to teach a subject that I have loved all of my life. In the art classroom we use a use a variety of materials and learn about artists around the world.
Art has the ability to enhance the well –being of individuals, society and the environment. At M.S 118 we strive to instill a life-long appreciation for the Arts
As a teacher my goal encourage mastery, competency, transformational learning, as well as encouraging lifelong learning. In my class I use case studies, group work, simulations, interactive lectures to expand my students learning. I offer many opportunities to demonstrate mastery. I believe that a classroom should be a safe, caring community where children are free to speak their mind and blossom and grow. Teaching is a process of learning from your students, colleagues, parents, and the community. This is a lifelong process where you learn new strategies, new ideas, and new philosophies.