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My Philosophies

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Personal Motto

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
Chinese philosopher Confucius

Personal Motto
"Learn by Doing; Teach by Being."

Personal Quote

"I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure if you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
paraphrased from "Alice Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll

Algebra 1 in 8th grade

The goal must not be for students to take an algebra course by eighth grade; it must be for more students to learn algebra.

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My Philosophy
Teaching and Learning

The following statements reflect the major learning principles that comprise my personal teaching and learning philosophy. These principles identify specific factors and their effects they have on learning. All of these influence the decisions I make in the classroom as well the methods I choose to achieve my goals.

    1. High expectations for student performance lead to improved student achievement.
    2. A positive classroom environment leads to increased student achievement.
    3. Use of wait time leads to more effective long-term memory storage and retrieval.
    4. Use of real world and hands-on activities lead to better retention of knowledge and storage into long-term memory.
    5. Use of instructional objectives lead to increased learning.

My Philosophy
Technology in Education

The following statements are my beliefs about the relationship between education, technology, and my personal convictions about teaching and learning. They serve as the foundation of my instructional techniques and guide my decision-making.

    1. Technology can be used as a very effective learning tool to enhance learning.
    2. Students of different levels can learn at their own pace.
    3. Technology provides a variety of information not available in the classroom.
    4. Problem-solving and critical thinking skills need to be the focus of the hands-on approach to technology education.
    5. Technology needs to start early in education.
    6. Computers provide an important tool for assessment and remediation
    7. Technology should be used throughout all grades - not just the ones that have SOL tests.
    8. Training of teachers is necessary to make technology effective.
    9. Technology can make learning fun!

Favorite Quotes

  • "Listen and silent are made up of the same letters. Coincidence?"
  • "I'll get to it on the second Tuesday of next week!"
  • "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can." - John Wesley
  • "Discipline and Determination are more important than GPA and class rank."
  • "Do the right thing for the right reason and good things will happen."
  • "Don't tell me WHY we can't do something - tell me HOW we can do it!"
  • "You can't be afraid to fall. You just have to make sure you fall forward."

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