I wish to help unfold the maximum
individual potential of ALL my students. This means treating the child as
a whole and helping unfold all of his or her potentialities whether they are artistic,
musical, analytical, verbal, scientific, moral, interpersonal, intrapersonal, etc.
Children should be encouraged to explore their own unique interests and
talents in school. A teacher should help expand a child's interests, not the reverse.
wish to teach children how to thrive in a COMMUNITY. How to be accepting
and compassionate to ALL of their classmates and to learn how to
effectively express their needs, concerns, fears, frustrations, and goals. I want EVERY
child to be able to live and work successfully in the classroom, school, family and larger
community. See, "Teaching
Children to Care: Management in the Responsive Classroom,"
by Ruth Charney, as an example of the application of this approach
in the classroom.
Children will often learn best from each other. They will sometimes
do better if organized by similar interests instead of similar ages or abilities. It is
critical that children learn how to work cooperatively and productively in groups.
I wish to teach children how to live in the "real world" and to make
their school experience as refreshing and vital (fun) as the world really is. I want to
help instill in them values of hard work, focus and INNER drive. I want
them to be able to think critically, internalize THEIR goals and forever
free themselves from the "prison"/low level intellectual functioning
"mentality" that pervades far too many of today's schools. I want less
discipline and more a fascination with life. I want them to assume CONTROL
of their lives and FEEL COMFORTABLE TO FAIL in this great experiment we
I want to present students with an enriched curriculum that
presents from an early age concepts and insights normally deemed
"advanced." Upper elementary students can, for example, grasp (and
may want to grasp) essential elements of Einstein's theories of
relativity IF it is presented in an understandable, concrete yet
exciting fashion that stimulates the imagination. Throughout the
school years concepts and areas of study should be presented without
successive degrees of approximation and challenge until the concepts
are synthesized and truly understood (planting seeds). Schools
should become great laboratories of learning and applied creativity.
I will not settle
for students mastering rote knowledge without acquiring a conceptual understanding
of WHAT THEY ARE REALLY DOING AND WHY. All learning should be fun. The
concept of the learner as requiring discipline to learn is faulty- learners learn because
they are curious and want to understand their surroundings. Active not
passive learning should be stressed.
Effective use of computer technology must permeate the curriculum. Web
technology in particular should be seen as a vehicle for personal empowerment,
collaborative work, positive global change and substantive research.
Finally I have high learning and life expectations for ALL CHILDREN-
no less than for my own life.
Also: Educational Philosophy & Thoughts