As a teacher, I hope to find a balanced relationship between pedagogy and my personality, which can be achieved through setting goals and expectations both for myself and for my classroom. I see my role as an effective teacher in not only having my students master the content but also activate necessary analytical thinking and reading skills, assisted by the use of technology. In learning such a variety of skills, students will be able to apply what they learn in my classroom when they leave. I will focus on my students’ learning processes, accepting and understanding that each student will learn in different ways. Understanding this and being able to implement a variety of strategies in my teaching will also allow me to formulate lesson plans with the desired learning results in mind. Having a balance between group work and independent work in the classroom will provide students with a variety of outlets in which they can learn most efficiently for their personal learning styles. By using flexible teaching strategies, I will be able to reach every student in every one of my classes. As a teacher, it is my responsibility to assist my students in creating their own thoughts and meanings in conjunction with textual/factual support. In teaching them fundamentals of critical reading and a variety of writing skills, I will help to ensure that they will be better readers and writers, regardless of the path their future holds. I also hope to provide my students with guidance and a sense of direction, sharing resources not only limited to the English Language Arts but also in choosing extracurricular activities, jobs and higher education.
My students will walk out of my classroom year after year understanding not only the
content, but also how it relates to their lives outside of school. They will be able to think and read analytically about both Literature and readings they come across on a daily basis. My students will see me as both a role model and as a real person, understanding the work I do as a teacher is for their benefit. A large part of my teaching philosophy is based on the idea of being a lifelong learner.
In order for continual learning to occur, there must be both high expectations and
attainable goals, for the teacher as well as the students within the classroom. Without goals and expectations to meet, effective learning cannot occur. Understanding the characteristics of my students will allow me to not only make connections with my students but also optimize their learning experience. It is only once students are understood can the teacher modify lessons to the students’ needs and reach the domains of development, including but not limited to language development, cognitive development, emotional and social development. Being able to provide instruction on the basis of what has been learned and on displayed student abilities allows for effective learning to occur within the classroom. Once I get to know my students, I will be able to cater and modify lessons according to what they already know, what they are unsure of and things they have never heard of. While planning these lessons, I will take into account their IEP plans and 504 plans to ensure a maximal amount of learning occurs. By taking into account prior knowledge as well as individual student needs, I hope to really connect with the students so that they can take a lot away from the lessons that occur in my classroom.
As an educator, I can use a variety of techniques and strategies to reach as many students as possible through differentiated instruction, high expectations and continuing mastery of teaching through professional development.
The iLearn Teacher of the Year Program honors excellence in classroom education and provides a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues, and the communities they serve.
iLearn Schools Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that iLearn Schools can bestow upon a teacher. This program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.
Every spring each campus selects a Teacher of the Year and amongst them, one iLearn Schools Teacher of the Year is selected. The one teacher that is selected as the iLearn Schools Teacher of the Year may represent iLearn Schools in the Governor’s Teacher of the Year and the New Jersey Charter School Association Teacher of the Year programs.