Philosophy of Teaching
My experiences as a learner and teacher, as well as my interest in educational psychology, have shaped my philosophy of teaching and learning. Several overarching beliefs and practices characterize my classroom.
I believe it is important for educators to recognize that each student is unique – coming from different backgrounds and carrying experiences which affect their learning. Awareness of these differences is key to developing a balanced teaching approach, one which meets the students’ diverse needs and promotes an inclusive classroom.
I believe that when teachers create a positive classroom environment, students are more motivated to study and develop a deeper appreciation for the subject. A space of respect and care for one another, one of excitement for teaching and learning, of collaboration and empowerment through positive feedback is essential for achieving this goal.
I believe that it is critical to be comfortable with multiple learning styles in order to be successful both as students and as professionals. Designing a course in a way that reaches all learners increases the likelihood that every student will connect and effectively learn while at the same time challenging them to improve underdeveloped skills.
Working closely with students has reaffirmed for me the invaluable role educators play in helping students “learn how to learn”. My goal is to move student from rote and surface learning to learning focused on depth and understanding.
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to share a subject I love with others. I also understand that this privilege comes with a responsibility to always grow as a teacher so as to provide the right conditions for learning. My care for teaching, passion for economics, and careful attention when creating assessments, lectures, and assignments motivates students to self-direct their learning.