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Philosophy of Teaching

         “We leave traces of ourselves wherever we go, on whatever we touch.”       
                               
                                                                                - Lewis Thomas


     It is around this quote that over the years my teaching philosophy has been molded.  As a teacher, I know that I have an immense impact on every child who enters through my classroom door.  With this realization, my hope is to produce well-rounded individuals who are better prepared for the real world.  By building positive relationships and serving as a role model, facilitator, motivator, and supporter of my students, I am teaching them life-long skills that are needed for further growth and development.  Ultimately, I want to prepare my students to educate themselves throughout their lives.  Helping children make personal connections enables them to experience the joy of learning, while also inspiring their desire to learn.  Furthermore, by differentiating my instruction while targeting multiple learning styles, I strive to meet the diverse needs of all my students ensuring their successes in the classroom.  However, not only do I want my students to be academically successful, I want them to be able to apply their learning to everyday life and be ready for the challenges they will inevitably face in the future.  As an educator, nothing is more rewarding than when a prior student returns years down the road to share his successes and thanks you for the impact you had on his education.  It is during these times that I feel as if I am a successful teacher.  It is also during these times when I reap the benefits of hard work and dedication and celebrate my own successes.  Although my teaching philosophy will be ever-changing, I do know that I will always continue to create a safe, loving classroom environment where my students are actively and personally engaged in the learning.