is first a personality, then a
profound statements made throughout history, my teaching philosophy
of my mouth as quickly as it popped into my head one day. Years
of reflection on fortunate experiences,
influential mentors and introspection led to the realization that all
connected by common, innate characteristics.
All share an intangible force, driven to inspire. All share the teaching personality. Contemplating what this statement
means, I’ve analyzed the following key components to my
Diversity awareness and political
correctness are buzzwords to encourage understanding and appreciation
others. The heart of these goals is
communication. I believe that the
ability, willingness and commitment to communicate are central to the
Communication must be hand-in-hand with compassion. I believe the
desire and determination to
experience empathy is integral to the teaching personality.
distinguishing, non-physical features of a person comprise his or her
I believe the teaching
personality beholds the best possible interpretation of character: A
value-based individual with a positive attitude and contagious
requires a wide variety of knowledge, skills and qualities.
Across all of these, I believe the teaching
personality must be critical in thought and confident, but willing to
and grow constantly.
I believe in a teaching/learning model that embraces both
behaviorism and constructivism. I
believe both theories are in action during development. I am
support of leveraging Bloom’s Taxonomy to create a learning-rich
environment including higher-order questioning and discussion.
Ultimately, I believe the teaching personality is an
extension of my core identity. It was
given to me to be nurtured and shared.
It is my responsibility, but indeed privilege, to use my gifts as tools
of change, to remain solid in character, but fluid in resolve, to
and direct communication and to model compassion.
is first a personality, then a profession.