It is my philosophy that, for students to be able to thrive in a learning environment, it is key for an educator to establish a culture of success. I believe a classroom culture of success is defined by a collection of passionate students; a culture of respect; a ritual of goal setting and reflection to create motivation; and a passionate educator to unite these pieces into a community. As an educator, I am enthusiastic about learning and persevere to create this culture of success that fosters a passionate learning environment. My teaching philosophy mirrors that of “stone soup”: each student has their own passions, which may or may not include core English concepts, and I encourage each student to bring their passions into the classroom. Then, with students’ passions and commitment and my passion for learning, we work together to build an engaging environment that allows each individual to grow and achieve his or her fullest potential as a student and a person.
Theory of Learning Statement
Learning is a collaborative, creative activity between the students and the teacher that is defined by their experiences within the learning environment, both shared and individual, as well as well as personal experiences that have preceded but are a part of each individual’s narrative. Educators should scaffold learning through the use of personal models but should also allow students to employ their agency to discover how to reach the desired outcome on their own terms, before giving away the steps. As an educator, to foster this culture of success, my role is to encourage an organized learning environment founded on student passions and mutual respect.