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Freshman Orientation: Thursday, August 24- 10 AM-2PM, EOCHS Auditorium
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My Educational Philosophy

Everyone has the right to an excellent education, and as an educator, I will help students attain that education.  The role of a teacher in students' lives is a significant one, and my beliefs are fundamental in creating my educational philosophy.   Great teachers are the cornerstone of an excellent education, and I have great respect for every individual I teach.  

My educational philosophy is composed of four fundamental components.  First, my educational philosophy is based upon the concept that we as educators, regardless of subject specialization, are teachers of life.  Life is full of challenges, and we should learn from those challenges.  Learning is a life-long process.  Our most important duty is to prepare our students to develop the necessary skills that will lead them to a productive and successful adulthood.  I constantly challenge my students to reach new heights and to continually challenge themselves. 

Second, my view of knowledge directly impacts my method of teaching.  I view knowledge as problem-solving skills so students will be empowered to understand conceptually and to influence their environment.  I challenge students to develop their intelligence and talents as fully as possible.  I teach them to recognize their individual learning styles, to take responsibility for their own education, and to teach themselves and othersBecause I feel so deeply in acquiring knowledge, I believe that it is important to share my enthusiasm for learning with my students. Hopefully, in return they will begin to value learning and realize that learning continues outside the classroom and for life.

Learning is the basis for personal growth, and teaching is one opportunity to learn from others.  Students possess the desire to learn and share.  They each have a unique view of the world to offer.  I encourage an exchange of ideas between myself and my students.  I always consider myself to be a student while I am teaching, so I am the best student in the room.  Students have a wealth of experiences to share, and I want my students to know that I am eager to learn from them also.   "The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know." - Socrates

As students accept a greater amount of responsibility and become more active in their own education, they will ultimately learn more.  My emphasis on "learning to learn" and student ownership of learning are related to my belief that students and teachers should learn together.  Each student is blessed with individual gifts and talents; a school that engages students in their abilities in and out of the classroom provides the optimal educational environment to be challenged and to develop.  I believe that the very best teaching practices include teaching with the student’s interests in mind, setting high expectations, and balancing instructional methods.  If these practices are executed properly, one outcome would be that students find learning interesting and challenging.  I think when students work together as a team they are learning academically and socially, and they are exposed to the diversity of fellow students.  I believe teachers can address student’s differences by teaching that uniqueness is a good thing and not everyone is the same.  I try to integrate thinking, feeling and hands on work into lessons.  I believe that students should be active and learn to solve mathematics problems by reflecting on their life experiences. 

My third educational philosophy component is based upon a belief in fairness.  I believe every student should be treated fairly.  Every student should receive what they need to gain in education.  They will receive an even amount of time, energy, and effort from me both in and out of the classroom.  I give every student an equally proficient education, and in doing this, sometimes I have to treat students differently.  Some students  need more from me than others do, so sometimes fair means I extend myself further to those students who need me more.  I am there for all of my students and their individual needs.  All students should be treated fairly and should have the same access to an education.  I want all students to know that knowledge is power, and that they are responsible for their own education.

Finally, professional development is required for any teacher who seeks continuous self-improvement.  I am facilitator in the learning process and serve as a role model.  I have an ongoing responsibility to increase my knowledge of both content and pedagogy, and to continually reassess my actions and programs in response to a constantly changing environment. As an educator I need to be keenly aware of the role I play in a student's life.  Life offers an infinite realm of learning opportunities, each catalyzing personal growth and expanded knowledge.  As an educational facilitator, I need to be a flexible role model who demonstrates an unconditional, consistent acceptance of all my students and continuously seeks to facilitate an education that matches each individual.  In my classroom, I will provide a safe, student-centered environment which fosters a respect of individual self-concept and learning style.  Everyone has a significant contribution to offer to this world.  Wherever I can, I will assist students in their pursuit of their identity adjacent to the broad goals of education.

My educational philosophy has been shaped by many things.  I rely on my philosophic foundation to help me build both content and pedagogy.  It is important to have strong beliefs, grounded in sound theory to guide our teaching.  It is equally important to remain open minded to new trends and techniques that may benefit our students.  An educational philosophy is not static; it changes with time and experience, and I will continually reflect, examine, and refine what I believe and why I believe it.  I believe that my philosophy and the way that I understand things will change with the knowledge that I gain.  With this change I am open to anything and my views will be flexible and as open to opinions as I can be.  I know that if my students believe that they can do anything and dream, they can conquer a new goal everyday, then I will have succeeded as a teacher in my classroom.

 In conclusion I believe that every person can walk through the door eager to learn and walk out ready to teach others with new, bright, and broad horizons.  A profession which impacts the lives of so many people demands nothing less than my best efforts.

Geometry Course Discription

The study of geometry includes properties of geometric figures, trigonometric relationships, and reasoning to justify conclusion. Method of justification will include paragraph proofs, two column proofs, indirect proofs, coordinate proofs, and verbal arguments. A spiraled development of formal proof involving inductive and intuitive approaches as well as deductive axiomatic method will be used.

The course includes emphasis on two- and three-dimensional reasoning skills, coordinate and transformational geometry, and the use of geometric model to solve problems. A variety of applications and some general problem-solving techniques including algebraic skills will be required. Calculators, computers, graphing utilities (graphing calculators or computer graphing simulators), dynamic geometry software, and other appropriate technology tools will be used to assist in teaching and learning.

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