Teaching Philosophy

    This page is dedicated to teaching philosophies that I have learned throughout my teacher training. The philosophies that I have chosen are ones that I feel best suit my teaching style and will work well for me in the classroom. They also address the issue that many children who are deaf or hard of hearing will be grouped into classrooms of similar ages, yet be on different developmental and academic levels. Below, you will find a concise, bulleted list that outlines my major teaching philosophies and in the parentheses that follow is the source of that particular philosophy. For a complete reference of each source, see the reference page.

    Overall, I believe myself to be rooted in constructivist theory. I believe that children need to become active learners and it will be my job to create a classroom in which students learn to be learners. The atmosphere of the room should encourage students to be risk-takers. Much of the instruction should center around what they find interesting, meaning I should be able to design appropriate lessons around topics of interest to my students. Also, based upon different readings, I consider myself to be an authoritative teacher. I would place limits and controls on students but simultaneously encourage independence. The common thread is that I should adapt to bring the best possible instruction to all students.