Educational Philosophy

“Disability is an idea, not a thing. It is not that people do not vary or differ from one another in sometimes very noticeable ways, but to call or think of some of those differences as ‘disabilities’ is to make a social judgment, not a neutral or value-free observation. Put differently, it is not the way in which people vary or the differences they have in comparison to others but what we make of those differences that matters.” – Susan Baglie

I believe that it is important to have both knowledge and skills. When teaching, it is important that you know what you’re doing and it will gain you respect.

I believe that it is important to show confidence in both the school and community. Being confident in yourself, your students, and in other other people will encourage these people to believe in themselves.

I believe in equality. Regardless of age, race, social class, gender, ability, etc. everyone deserves to be treated in a fair and equal way.

I believe in new experiences. Pushing outside of one’s comfort zone allows people to learn new skills and build relationships.

“You should always be learning. If you’re the smartest person in the room you’re in the wrong place” – Erika Bearman

I believe in being positive, caring, and friendly. This is always important but even more so when you’re a teacher. You need to be understanding towards students. It is easier to connect with your students if they respect you.

I believe in music. Music is an output and something that many people relate to. It allows people to show individually and express themselves.

I believe that it is important to know, and teach, facts. Again, it is important to know what you’re teaching and to have a good understanding of it. At times, adding your opinion may cause conflict or confuse students.

I believe that, as teachers, we are guiding the students to come up with their own ideas and morals rather than just telling them what to do. It is important that the students learn how to be independent and think for themselves.

I believe that you are always learning. We are constantly learning from others; even as teachers, we can learn from our students.

“The most successful people in life are the ones who ask questions. They’re always leaning. They’re always growing. They’re always pushing.” – Robert Kiyosaki 

I believe that it is important to recognized individuality. Everyone is different and therefore will learn in different ways.

I believe that respect is earned and not given. You have to show that you deserve respect in order to get it. It is not fair to expect students, or anyone, to listen to you if you have done nothing to gain their respect.

I believe that students should be taught to work hard to achieve their goals. Students should not be awarded with things that they do not deserve and it is important that children learn this at a young age.

I believe in acting as a role model at all time. This makes you approachable and will earn respect. Like mentioned in the previous topic, I believe that one is a teacher all the time so it is important that they come across as being responsible and caring.