When I Teach Like Myself

I build relationships.

I invest time in getting to know my students and their learning styles, needs, and goals. 

I learn the names of my students and pronounce them correctly. 

I create meaningful connections with parents and communities to fully support my students.

I commit to accessing students’ funds of knowledge to engage them in learning. 

I acknowledge my bias.

I identify how my socialization shapes my perspective on education and of others.

I challenge my belief systems that are inconsiderate or untrue.

I recognize that my past experiences contribute to my identity but do not define me.

I allow myself the freedom to change and be more inclusive of others’ perspectives. 

I improve every day.

I reflect on my teaching: the successes, the mistakes, and ways I can improve.

I take risks and encourage students to do the same. 

I give myself permission to make mistakes, with the intent of learning from them. 

I seek professional development opportunities and integrate new knowledge into my teaching philosophy and practice. 

I create a safe learning space.

I am intentional about building community and rapport with students and fellow educators.

I encourage students to voice their concerns, opinions, and perspectives. 

I integrate differentiation and adaptive dimension components into my teaching. 

I listen with intent.