Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Five: Do I include a teaching story?

In my last post (Part Four), I shared my most recent Teaching philosophy and my concerns about the length and potentially repetitious content... I'm weighing the pros and cons of what adding more to mine might be and would love your feedback. First, this addition would bring the whole thing to be longer than three … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Five: Do I include a teaching story?

Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Four – Open to criticism & feedback.

See Part Three for the previous reflections... I guess the subtitle could be: "How the heck do I make this more concise and still keep the passion I feel about it?" So, I started the new semester on January 5th, 2022... dove into teaching my high school classes online with the help of my amazing … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Four – Open to criticism & feedback.

Why complete a course on Creating Inclusive Learning Experiences

First, this was an excellent refresher regarding how to build engaging and meaningful learning experiences. The key point is being a student-centred educator. INCLUDE your students... make them the centre of every choice and method of delivery. It is all about them, not you! Start by being aware of your own biases: we are who … Continue reading Why complete a course on Creating Inclusive Learning Experiences

Why complete a course on The Key to Good Communication: Your Audience

In previous posts you've heard me say that knowing your students is the key to being a great teacher! There better you understand their personal experiences, the more you will be able to tweak your teaching approaches to help them on their learning progress. Teaching isn't about giving information; it is all about guiding your … Continue reading Why complete a course on The Key to Good Communication: Your Audience

Why complete a course in Maker Spaces in Education

Years ago in m y role of consultant, I was privileged to be introduced to discovery-based pedagogy called The Reggio-Emelia Approach. This experiential learning method of teaching has become the foundation of my teaching philosophy and it is part of why I decided to get my teaching licence as an art specialist: it permits me … Continue reading Why complete a course in Maker Spaces in Education

Why complete my certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)?

I can authentically say that I continually develop & increase my skills to become the best teacher I can. Every new course, seminar, certificate, and/or diploma helpmeet me combat my self-described imposter syndrome. This last giant volley of learning has served to do much more... it has given me multi-perspective revisions of what I have … Continue reading Why complete my certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)?

Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Three: Creating a classroom of self-motivated learners

In Part Two, I set a draft of my core values. I keep coming back to them in hopes that I can clarify what motivates my teaching philosophy. I'd like to break them down for you here and invite you feedback/questions... 1 - Building upon perspective & experience over right or wrong leads to open-mindedness. … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Three: Creating a classroom of self-motivated learners

Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 2

I posted the initial draft that answered my mentor's guiding questions in yesterday's post: Building a Teaching Philosophy - Part 1. Following some very constructive feedback from here, this is a two page summary of the original information. Note: I'm still working on this and will incorporate other feedback as well. I also asked my … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 2

Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 1

My teaching mentor has us going through the process of creating a Teaching Philosophy Statement. She asked a series of guiding questions and this is what I came up with... it's a work in progress and there will be a 2-page summary of it tomorrow. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. _________________________________________________________________ Preamble My teaching philosophy … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 1