Educational Philosophy: (I agree with these people)
The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.
Jean Piaget (1896-1980)
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
As a teacher, I feel I am responsible for providing situations and material to maximize each student’s capabilities. My goal is not to teach information, but to teach students the value of knowledge. Learning is ongoing and infinite. If I can instill a thirst and value for knowledge I will be satisfied with my work. As much as I would like to believe that teachers are responsible for most learning, the vast majority of a person's knowledge and learning comes from real life situations and that “eureka!” moment within themselves. If a person can learn to extract information from those around them, they will have a virtually endless reservoir of knowledge. Just like my classroom, the world is filled with people that have varying beliefs, jobs, ideas, backgrounds, cultures, etc. If one can learn to seek and acquire knowledge from those around them, learning is endless.