Part of how I’ve been describing myself as a teacher is being an educator with a teaching philosophy based on STEM / STEAM curricula, Universal Design for Learning, Emergent Curricula, and Maker-oriented education systems.
If I had to say what theories/methods I use the most, I would be taking about aspects of Reggio-Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, and, of course Freire’s co-learner models. They all feel like they resonate with my ever growing fascination for Indigenous Learning and Wabi-Sabi Aesthetics. At some point, I’ll have to write out the connections, if only to puts words to what feels right to me.
All this to say that, I am dedicated to a continuous learning mindset (Ikigai) and recently embarked on and completed my certification as a Home-Based Educator.
Why? Because it can only add to my being the best teacher I can be; considering the current and presumably future need of doing online teaching. The modalities of teaching online require the need for the teacher to be even more aware of the individual student’s needs and learning styles. This certification helped me further develop skills and methods for inclusivity and diversity in my curricula. Yet another add-on to the scaffold I see Universal Design for Learning to be.