Teaching Philosophy

I teach students, not subjects. Although I enjoy sharing knowledge, the genuine compassion I have for students is greater than any subject. Being a Catholic educator means leading by example and demonstrating passion for life through the teachings of Jesus Christ. As an educator, I strive to connect with students and help them learn how to embrace life-long learning so they are equipped to adapt to the demands of the future.

God is love. It is our responsibility to educate students on how to love one another in community by demonstrating lessons from the bible in everyday life. I believe in leading by example. For instance, if I show my passion for teaching, the students will begin to understand the value of exploring their own passions as they grow themselves.

Matthew 18:12-14
12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

This passage parallels my teaching philosophy. As an educator, I care for each of God’s children like the man caring for his sheep. If one student is struggling or lost I will seek them and guide them until they find their way.

My main objective as an educator is to help students reach their own unique potential. I am driven to guide them to be the best that they can be, so they can serve God to their greatest capacity, and make our community and our larger world a better place.

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2 Responses to Teaching Philosophy

  1. As we talked about, it may be helpful to include a music-specific teaching philosophy so that a future employer can get a sense of who you are as a music teacher. This might include your thoughts on the place of an arts-ed curriculum in an era of lots of cuts to arts ed – how will make your program be seen as worthwhile (sounds awful to have to justify it, but it’s a reality unfortunately). Also, think about adding in links to articles, lesson plans you’ve taught, etc. that back up what you’re saying here – how are you enacting your beliefs in the classroom?

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