My Philosophy of Education

 If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

                                                                                                  Abraham Maslow

Educational philosophy is a controversial subject that not everyone totally agrees on. I believe teaching is a life-long challenge and process of reflecting and making necessary adjustments. I have been revisiting, redesigning, refining, and perfecting my philosophy of education since I stepped into my teaching profession in 1989.

As my students change, I change. Over the course of my 27 years as a school teacher and university professor, my approach has shifted from an emphasis on teaching to a focus on learning. I wholeheartedly believe that I don't teach subjects but rather people. Therefore, by establishing a mutually respectful and honest rapport with my students, I try to instill a desire for learning and teach them how to think for themselves rather than what to think. I create situations where students can take charge for what they learn. By the end of each course, I make myself obsolete and my students feel they are in a position where they can dispense with my aid. I expect them to take individual responsibility for their learning by coming prepared to participate in class. I know that all students do not learn in the same way or at the same rate; therefore, it is my responsibility to diagnose their interests, abilities, and prior knowledge. Since most learning happens through social interaction, I provide an atmosphere in which students productively collaborate and cooperate with each other the vast majority of class time.

Finally, I believe I cannot continue to inspire learning without being a learner. I try to treat all my students with dignity and respect, and I expect them to do so also. By walking my talk with my students, I do my best to be a good and powerful role model for them. As a teacher, I live to serve by remaining committed and dedicated to life-long learning, to my discipline, to my students, to my country, and to the whole world.