My Philosophy of Learning and Teaching

“The revolution of Socrates is to change education from the transmission of culture, to the development of self-reliance… If you want to function at the highest effectiveness as a teacher, then it is not enough to teach a subject to a student. Your goal must always be to teach the learner to be a teacher. Then the student is functioning at his highest relationship to the content, and to himself.”
~ Jensen, Brad. “Education Is Not Broken.” Email distribution list. DEOS-L – The Distance Education Online Symposium. Pennsylvania State University, 19 June 2003. Web.

I believe that learning is a life-long pursuit, one to be actively engaged in. I believe that learners construct their own knowledge through interaction with resources and dialogue with peers. I am not here to push information into students. I am here to point them in the right direction, to encourage them, and to guide them to places that will help them discover meaning for themselves. I believe I have as much to learn from my students as they do from me.

Teaching is a calling, not just a job. It’s a way of life, a way of looking at things, a way of relating to the people around you. It’s who I am and what I do. It’s what makes me constantly strive to do better and to reach farther. Teaching gives me powerful mentoring opportunities and the chance to make a positive impact on the lives of my students. Sometimes being a teacher or being a mentor means showing someone that there are options and doors they can open. To me, that is the most important role of a teacher – opening doors, showing options, engaging in dialogue, widening horizons. It’s not about transmitting knowledge to our students. It’s about showing them the power of ideas.

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