Teaching Philosophy

Cultivating Lifelong Learning Through Personalized Education

“We learn best when we care about what we are doing, when we have choices. We learn best when the work has meaning to us, when it matters. We learn best when we are using our hands and our minds. We learn best when the work we are doing is real and relevant.” — Dennis Littky, The Big Picture: Education Is Everyone’s Business

At the heart of my teaching philosophy lies the belief that education is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Each student brings a unique blend of life experiences, learning styles, and multiple intelligences that profoundly influence their educational journey.

Project-Based, Cross-Curricular Learning

In my approach to education, I prioritize the development of project-based, cross-curricular activities that transcend busy work and embrace real-world relevance. Inspired by my experiences as a struggling student, and then a homeschooling parent and guided by the visionary ideas of Dennis Littky, I aim to create a learning environment where education is not just relevant but deeply meaningful.

Lifelong Learning Beyond K-12

I firmly embrace the philosophy of Big Picture Learning, which champions the concept of lifelong learning. Education extends far beyond the boundaries of specific age groups and is an ever-evolving journey of exploration, discovery, and self-improvement.

A Holistic Educational Relationship

Education is not an isolated process; it’s a dynamic relationship that encompasses students, peers, mentors, and global connections. Through meaningful conversations and exposure to diverse perspectives, we gain a deeper understanding of the world and ourselves. Education, in this sense, isn’t just about acquiring knowledge; it’s about nurturing curiosity, fostering critical thinking, and cultivating empathy.

Big Picture Learning Approach

Big Picture Learning encourages students to explore their interests through deeper learning—an approach that develops students’ communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. It also enhances their ability to engage in self-directed learning, authentic assessments, exhibitions, and lesson plans.

My teaching philosophy is built upon recognizing and celebrating the unique qualities of each learner, promoting lifelong learning, and creating an educational environment that nurtures personal growth, collaboration, and a deeper connection with our ever-changing world. Together, we embark on a journey of discovery, where education is a lifelong adventure.

Resources Cited:

Littky D. & Grabelle S. (2004). The big picture : education is everyone’s business. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.