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Who Inspires Your Teaching Philosophy?

Sep 19, 2014 3:24pm

Is there a thought leader whose philosophy inspires your classroom management style? Is it a blogger, a TED Talk presenter, an author, or a researcher? Tell us who inspires your teaching philosophy.

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  • Pre K-12
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    • Sep 19, 2014 7:28pm

      I'm college teacher, but i'm always learning from other teachers, no matter if they are teaching prekinder or high school, so my teaching philosophy is always growing, but right now i have to mention Sugata Mitra, who taught me that "children (or in my case, young people) can learn ANYTHING, they only need the tools". I can resume my teaching philosophy in this phrase, it's not mine, i can't remember where i read it, but it got burned in my mind: "Teaching it's not about what you (teacher) do in the board. It's about what the students do", so i try to have my classes structured around an experience, that really helps to keep the order and get a positive environment.

      • Sep 20, 2014 11:35am

        My teaching philosophy was changed by desperation. While dealing with personal illness I had to change my approach. I suddenly acquired severe asthma at the age of 50. Never having experienced asthma, I was dealing with denial that I had a chronic condition while trying to continue my usual teacher directed form of instruction. The energy and volume I had relied upon to conduct and control my 7th grade science class no longer existed. Whispering might get attention initially but it was not a long term solution. I tried typing instructions, group work and films. There were already too many worksheets so those could not be increased. Many students still needed to hear topics reviewed. I started by taking advantage of those bold students that love to hear themselves talk. They reviewed and highlighted the reading verbally with whispered assistance and much praise and thanks. Soon others wanted a turn. By the end of the year shy students were coming up to speak voluntarily. These students inspired me to keep coming every day as I learned to manage my condition, they improved their public speaking skills. Showing Up is Half the Battle. Be present.

        • Sep 20, 2014 9:16am

          My teaching was most inspired after a week with Responsive Classroom. When I was in elementary school I moved around a bit, landing in a suburb of Cleveland for a year. At that school, my passion for finding more interesting ways to engage children in learning was sparked. When I attended the Responsive Classroom training I finally found the structure that would allow me to bring what I experienced as a child to life for my students. I like to maintain a relaxed classroom where students feel safe to take risks with their learning. I like to draw their talents out while at the same time helping them to polish skills they struggle with. I like to show them respect, in order to garner their respect. I try to guide them to think big, dream bigger, and live their lives with no regrets.

          • Sep 20, 2014 8:18pm

            Chris Biffle creator of Whole Brain Teaching has been my most recent inspiration. His teaching philosophy is all about incorporating activities that are fun, engaging, and that activate all areas of a child's brain. His enthusiasm is contagious!

            • Sep 20, 2014 7:01pm

              My teaching philosophy has been influenced by many educational philosophers such as; Loris Malaguzzi, Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget, Rudolf Steiner and most recently an amazing TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson (One that anyone in the Educational sector should watch:

              Although I must say that no matter who I relate to as an Educator, nothing inspires my teaching and learning than each and everyone of my students.

              • Sep 21, 2014 10:17am

                My teaching philosophy has been greatly influenced by my Democratic Classroom teacher Judith Gray. In Judith's class I learned the importance of getting to know my students. She advocated starting the year with two weeks of ice breakers, getting to know you activities, and discussing rules and expectations. Using her philosophy I rarely have issues with student behavior and classroom management. When a student is a problem, we have a mutual respect and connection already developed that we can lean on to help them get back on track.

                One really successful technique that Judith passed on was to ask my students about past classroom experiences. In my current teaching assignment many minority students come in with traumatic stories of how teachers have treated them in the past. First I allow them to express these stories and then they set rules for me and how I treat them. In middle school this usually looks like, "Mr. Kaio can't yell at us" and "Mr. Kaio can't make fun of us". Since I wouldn't ever do that anyways, it works out really well. They feel a respect from me for listening to them and treating them how they would want to be treated.

                • Sep 21, 2014 12:42pm

                  My teaching philosophy is centered on decentralization, group work, and carefully created and recorded questions and answers.

                  POGIL GROUPS( PROCESS ORIENTED GUIDED INQUIRY LEARNING) demand students generate questions and answers to record on our CORNELL NOTES/AVID forms.

                  POGIL GROUPS decentralize the classroom placing the responsibilities of teaching and learning with the students as they fully use as much of Blooms Taxonomy as possible each day. As the "coach" of my team, I use the Socratic Questioning Method to develop the questions of my POGIL GROUPS making better questions and answers.

                  AVID (ADVANCEMENT VIA INDIVIDUAL DETERMINATION/CORNELL NOTES) is a note-taking rubric that helps students logically organize their questions and answers for the teacher-generated topics.

                  Students bear the responsibility and fun for their education. Their natural creativity and our humorous stance in the classroom transform education into fun events.

                  • Sep 22, 2014 7:47am

                    My philosophy was largely inspired by my favorite childhood teacher (my high school Latin teacher), who always took the time to learn about our personal interests and chat with us when time allowed.

                    After becoming a teacher, though, my way of teaching was really changed by reading the book "Teaching with Love and Logic" ( which I loved because it gave a clear and concrete method for classroom management. Giving teenagers choices really works, and yes sometimes they will choose the "punishment" over the correct behavior- but it's on them, they made that choice. Really changed my approach and gave me a lot of confidence in the classroom.

                    • Sep 23, 2014 9:47am

                      I emphasize "we leave no one behind" in my class. They work in pods and check each other to see who needs more information so they can be successful.

                      • Sep 20, 2014 9:04am

                        The people who live inspirational lives. People who want happiness for others as much as for themselves.
                        There is a list of the top ten TED TALKS that women should watch. It is a fantastic group of inspirational, insightful women.

                        • Sep 20, 2014 9:05am

                          The people who live inspirational lives. People who want happiness for others as much as for themselves.
                          There is a list of the top ten TED TALKS that women should watch. It is a fantastic group of inspirational, insightful women.

                          • Sep 20, 2014 4:10pm

                            During student teaching my cooperating teacher, Dave Ceccarelli, shared a teaching philosophy that still resonates in every lesson plan I write today. Eighteen years later I begin writing every lesson with the ancient proverb "tell them they will forget, show them they will remember, involve them they will understand."

                            • Sep 28, 2014 4:33pm

                              Capturing Kids Heart training by the Flippen Group which asks students four questions (thus placing the responsibility back on them):
                              1. What are you doing?
                              2. What are you supposed to be doing?
                              3. Are you doing it?
                              4. When will you start?
                              This is a three day training which focuses on how to create community with a social contract and making all members (students and teachers alike) responsible to each to maintain the culture.

                              • Dec 19, 2014 7:52pm

                                I love this question! My top person would have to be A.S. Neill who wrote the book "Summerhill" about his experience directing a boarding school in England. I am also really inspired by Lois Hetland!