Classroom Teaching Philosophy

10 Feb

Classroom Teaching Philosophy

The following is a draft from February 2010….I will revise it as time allows and necessitates.

My teaching philosophy is based on the following principles and best practices:

• LESS whole-class, teacher-directed instruction (e.g., lecturing)

• LESS student passivity: sitting, listening, receiving, and absorbing information

• LESS presentational, one-way transmission of information from teacher to student

• LESS rote memorization of facts and details

• MORE experiential, inductive, hands-on learning

• MORE active learning, with all the attendant noise and movement of students doing, talking, and collaborating

• MORE diverse roles for teachers, including coaching, demonstrating, and modeling

• MORE emphasis on higher-order thinking; learning a field’s key concepts and pricniples

• MORE cooperative, collaborative activity; developing the classroom as an interdependent community

• MORE reading of real texts: whole books, primary sources, and nonfiction materials

• MORE choice for students (e.g., choosing their own books, writing topics, team partners, and research projects)

• MORE responsibility transferred to students for their work: goal setting, record keeping, monitoring, sharing, exhibiting, and evalutation.

• MORE reliance on descriptive evaluations of student growth, involving observational/anecodal records, conference notes and performance rubrics.

So ultimately:

  • Student Centered (Experiential, Holistic, Authentic, and Challenging)
  • Cognitive (Developmental, Constructive, Expressive, and Reflective)
  • Social (Collaborative and Democratic)

(This is a summary of principles from “Best Practices: Today’s Standards for Teaching and Learning in America’s Schools” by Steven Zeleman, Harvey Daniels, and Arthur Hyde, Published by Heineman in 2005)

Core Classroom Textbooks:

1) Communication: Osborne and Osborne or assigned book
2) Design: Slideology by Nancy Duarte or Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
3) Passion/Purpose/Career: Life Entrepreneurs (select passages)

Recommended Essays:
TBA essay on education/training
TBA essay on ethics
TBA essay on ethics in business

The course is based on the following works and iconic authors which have influenced the course philosophy/pedagogy and activities:
1) Science of Learning by NAS
2) Best Practices
3) Life Entrepreneurs, by Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek:
4) IDEO books like Faces of Innovation by David Kelley
5) Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas by James L. Adams
6) Creativity in Business Based on the Famed Stanford University Course that Has Revolutionized the Art of Success, by Michael Ray and Rochelle Myers
7) Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
8] Slideology by Nancy Duarte
9) Socrates, Aristotle, John Stuart Mill, and Immanuel Kant
10) Vgotsky, Piaget, and John Dewey (Pragmatism, Play, and Constructivism)
11) 3 books on social entrepreneurship
12) Pablo Friere and critical pedagogy
13) Flow by M.C.
14) A Whole New Mind, by Dan Pink
15) Howard Garner
16) Blooms Taxonomy
18) Many Sides: Debate Across the Curriculum, Alfred Snider and Maxwell Schnurer
19) The most recent research on brain based learning, social and emotional learning, and project based learning with web 2.0 tools (from ISTE).
20) Other brilliant people and teachers like my parents and grandparents

Based on my experience in experiential and action based learning, particularly innovative teaching methods and activities in the Senior Class in the Humanities at Hume Fogg Magnet School (ranked #26 Nationally by US News and World Reports), National Summer Programs, Gifted Education, and the models which seemlessly meld theory and practice Stanford University. In fact, three books are directly borrowed from Stanford’s world famous and internationally ranked Graduate School of Business.

7 leaders I respect:
7 entrepreneurs I respect:
7 teacher/trainers I respect:

My foundational student ethics and responsibilities are based on the Golden Rule, Immanuel Kant, and Aretha Franklin (R-E-S-P-E-C-T).

****** If you are on the above list, I would love to talk to you. Also, if you are a teacher, professor, trainer, author, or student, I would love to hear your opinion on these principles, authors, and activities. Your criticism, insight, and/or encouragement could be immensely helpful moving forward. My contact info is above*******


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