The following are philosophies
which I have borrowed from other sources to incorporate into my own teaching
philosophy. These statements have influenced my thoughts and ideas about
teaching. They have helped me to sculpt my teaching style into one that
I hope encourages my students to think for themselves, and to continue
their learning beyond the classroom.
I hope to be able to incorporate
these ideas and philosophies into my teaching so that my students can become
responsible, independent citizens. I want them to know that I care not
only about what they are learning, but also for their well-being. I believe
that the statements that I have chosen reflect this philosophy.
You canít, and they wonít; meaning that you canít teach them everything
that they need to know, and even if you could, they wouldnít learn it.
It is more important to teach them how to learn (Johnson, 1998).
The problem of Deafness is not lack of hearing, but an abundance of isolation
The most successful teachers are those who make deliberate decisions based
on sound educational principles Orlich (Orlich, 1998, p. 183).
Effective teachers and schools have high expectations for students (Orlich,
1998, p. 60).
Planning is the heart of instruction (Orlich, 1998, p. 135).
Whole language works for students from a variety of backgrounds (Schleper,
1995, p. 7).
It is important for teachers to make the sign-to-print relationship explicit
in classroom instruction, particularly for children whose parents neither
sign nor read to them at home (Andrews et al., 1995, p. 9).
Educational change depends on what teachers think and do. Itís as simple
and as complex as that ( LeNard et al., 1995, p. 20).