Philosophy of Education
Education is the passport to the future, for the future belongs to those who prepare for it today. Al-Hajji Malik Al-Shabazz (Malcolm X)
I believe that all children can and will learn - in their own time, in their own manner.
I believe that the teacher is the conduit and the facilitator of knowledge – not the sole supplier nor the guardian of wisdom. The teacher is also the model for appropriate behavior and codes for participation in society.
I believe that children are also teachers.
I believe that language is an intrinsic part of culture. Each culture has the right to exist; to have its values understood and respected. Children bring their own culture into the classroom.
I believe that learning should be interesting, if not always fun. Children learn by doing, touching, feeling, seeing, instructing, participating.
I want my students to value the reward of serious academic endeavors. I want my students to have the humility to work in teams, and to have the courage and strength of character to be able to work alone. I want them to be engaged as citizens; to be responsible; to be content, yet work for improvement. I want them to be critical thinkers.