Philosophy of Education
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” — Aristotle
As Nelson Mandela said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Truly, the forte of learning exposes how teachers possess a great power to influence. It is this potential to influence the students, to motivate them to great heights, to inspire brilliance, to encourage growth and creativity that makes the teaching profession such a remarkable institution. My philosophy of teaching is more progressively bent. To me, learning is about active participation, problem-solving, and creation. Teachers are facilitators and should be guided to foster thinking. I firmly believe knowledge is constructed through doing and that the importance isn’t in a single right or wrong answer, but how you got to the solution.
Teachers should help promote a mentality of persistence, of not giving up after one failure, but trying and trying again until there is some measure of success. I strongly believe, as educator Josef Albers once said, “good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” As a teacher, my highest aspiration is to open the world for students by creating a place for them to question, think, and to create.
I am not only a passionate educator, but I am an enthusiastic lifelong learner. My most recent educational experiences include a week-long intensive photography course at the International Center of Photography and an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme workshop for the Visual Arts category.