Teaching Philosophy

        Thinking about and determining how one should teach students is a difficult task, although it is something that must be done prior to going into to the classroom environment. The following list outlines the major teaching philosophies that my practicum teacher uses daily in the classroom. She uses these philosophies because she has found them to be very effective with her students. They also all work well with varied ability and age levels, which my teacher has in her classroom.

        The teacher tries to use material and topics that are interesting to the students. In turn, the students become more active learners. The teacher is an authoritative teacher, placing limits and controls on the students, but she also encourages independence. She offers the best instruction for each of her students.