As an educator I know that I must provide instruction that will ensure a measure of success for every student, and each student must know that she or he can achieve a degree of success with an assignment or academic task. As a purveyor of pedagogy I must establish and promote conditions that will emphasize and support an expectation of success for each student. I try to let my students see a direct connection between any effort or completed task (such as homework) and a response from myself in the form of timely feedback that is verbal as well as written. I also make comments specific, suggest corrections, and offer feedback in terms of a student's progress, not her or his comparison with others.
Instructional Best Practice
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, has active learning, and invites the sharing of ideas. Also, I believe that when the teacher's role is to guide the student's search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. I strive to provide access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”― Ernest HemingwayContact Information