My Teaching Philosophy

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove . . . . but the world maybe different because I was important in the life of a child.” – Kathy Davis

My teaching philosophy is always a work-in-progress which changes as I teach new students in new situations. I believe our students are our future. Each of my students has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. Teaching is an important and honorable occupation that demands serious commitment. There are miracles, learning, healing, laughter, sharing, respect and love every day in classrooms all around the world. A teacher has the opportunity to impact on students’ lives in a positive way; this is a huge privilege that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

As a teacher, I want to challenge my students to become independent, objective thinkers. To accomplish this, I incorporates technology and social media in my classes. I apply a variety of strategies based on essential educational principles encompassing learning theory, collaboration, active learning, whole brain learning , online application, strategic instructional planning and assessment, constructivism, and reflective practice.  I believe that learning is always evolving, and that I learn as much from my students as they do from me.  I also believe that learning is best when students see the relevance of the learning. The following are my road map in teaching:

  • Ensure that student learning needs are the primary focus of attention and knowledge is transformed into effective student understanding.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and the importance of each class.
  • Incorporate ICT in classroom experiences in meaningful and interactive ways. 
  • Hold a positive regard for all students and ensure that respect is maintained within the classroom at ALL times.
  • Believe in the ability of all students to learn, expect all students to learn and convey this expectation to individuals, the class and the community.
  • Create a classroom that is a welcoming, positive and fair environment where all students learn from one another and feel safe and comfortable to share their thoughts and ideas.
  • Establish high, however they might be  unreachable, standards and provide support to embrace the constructivist learning approach which includes:
  1. Knowledge being relative and negotiated.
  2. The teacher acting as the facilitator and the learner being active and involved.
  3. Students construct ideas via physical and mental activity related to experience.
  4. Students exposed to alternative viewpoints of group members.
  5. Language is developed in context by the teacher and the peer group is important.
  6. Testing emphasizes performance rather than potential.
  7. Ensure my students are actively engaged in learning experiences which deal with issues which they regard as important in their lives.
  8. Provide specific and meaningful positive feedback and encouragement to my students as it is important to me that my students build up their confidence and develop intrinsic motivation.
  9. Monitor individual student learning and plan according to the needs of individuals, groups and the whole class.
  10. Foster and encourage independent learning.
  11. Expect my students to take responsibility for their learning.
  12. Model what is to be expected of the students.
  13. Create a learning environment that is serious and thoughtful, while using light humor to create a sense of community and team work.
  14. Be prepared and to continue to learn from the students and to grow in understanding regarding content.
  15. Continually reflect on my practice and demonstrate my commitment to lifelong learning by seeking out appropriate collegial support and furthering my own professional development.  
  16. Hold myself accountable to high standards of performance and continually seek improvement in present and future performance.

“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” – Anonymous

Every day when you start work you have two options: be focused, passionate and productive, or act like most other people. ”  – John Mcgrath

 

 I intend for my ‘passion’ for teaching and learning to always be evident, building a safe learning community through enthusiasm and empathetic connections with learners.  As a result, my teaching will positively impact the learners, ultimately connecting them to their ‘passion’ and lifelong learning because I believe that when love and skill work together ,expect nothing less than a masterpiece.

 Abeer Al-Harbi 2012

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