As a future English teacher, my main priority is to share the wealth of opportunities and possibilities that an education in English can provide to a student. Given this task, I’ve begun to develop the guidelines by which my teaching will adhere. Although I still have much to learn, what follows is a simple framework for the ideals that I currently support. Not only do I expect these guidelines to change as I learn more about my students and myself, I look forward to the improvements that may stem from these growths.
Currently, the first edition of my philosophy of teaching revolves around three main objectives. First, I’d like my classroom to rely heavily on student participation and cooperative learning. A teacher must always appreciate the connections amongst peers and the powerful influence they have over one another. Many teachers and students can arise from these bonds if given the opportunity to do so. Therefore, my class will have a heavy emphasis on collaborative work, reading and writing workshops, as well as peer editing and read-arounds. Within these student-to-student relationships, you can always find the best resources for help, ideas, inspiration, and encouragement. I see my job as a guide to my class as they explore their writing capabilities, providing them with different genres and creative methods to be used. Their job is to try these tools out together and see what happens!