- Using your Mission Statement to Establish Classroom Routines - February 27, 2017
- Why you need a Classroom Mission Statement - February 21, 2017
- Not My Secretary of Ed (Why the butt that Occupies the Federal Seat Matters to my Classroom) - January 27, 2017
- CA politician discusses willful defiance, educational priorities - October 7, 2014
- Teacher-Saving Web Tools, Part I: Differentiate reading news with Newsela and Readability - October 2, 2014
- CA Bill Addresses Suspensions and Expulsions - September 11, 2014
- Teaching Ferguson: Resources for High School - September 3, 2014
- Meet the Parents: A Young Teacher’s Back to School Night - August 28, 2014
- Minimize Homework to Maximize Your Classroom - August 22, 2014
- The State of Education: Funding Control Changes in California - February 26, 2014
Write (and revisit) your teaching philosophy. A teaching philosophy is your statement on why you teach. What do you see as the purpose of education, and how do you exemplify that mission? What do you value, and how do your lessons, assessments, and rapport fit with those ideas? A teaching philosophy should be a working draft, constantly evolving and growing as you evolve and grow as an educator. I love revisiting my teaching philosophy, and reading it through newly experienced eyes. It reminds me that I’m guided by a purpose: that I want to help my students become well-informed, empowered change-makers. Not only does it inspire and reinvigorate me, but it allows me to pause and reflect on how well my current practice fits my goal.
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