Educational Philosophy

As a high school teacher, my philosophy is grounded in the belief that every student can learn and achieve success. To accomplish this, my approach prioritizes equity, reconciliation, student-teacher relationships, and a welcoming environment.

Equity is the foundation of my teaching. I believe that every student should have access to the same resources, opportunities, and support necessary to succeed in my classroom. As an educator, I work to dismantle the systemic barriers that prevent students from achieving their full potential. This requires a deep understanding of my students’ backgrounds, experiences, and cultural values, and an unwavering commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Reconciliation is an essential component of my teaching in Canada. It involves acknowledging and addressing the harm caused by the historical and ongoing colonialism, oppression, and discrimination experienced by Indigenous peoples. As an educator, I work to integrate Indigenous perspectives, teachings, and knowledge systems into my teaching. This includes fostering respectful and meaningful relationships with Indigenous students, families, and communities and providing opportunities for non-Indigenous students to learn about and engage with Indigenous cultures and histories.

Student-teacher relationships are critical to my effective teaching. When my students feel seen, heard, and valued, they are more likely to engage in their learning and achieve success. To build strong relationships with my students, I take the time to get to know each of them as individuals, understand their strengths and challenges, and provide personalized support and feedback. I also create a safe and supportive learning environment where students feel comfortable asking questions, sharing their thoughts and ideas, and taking risks.

A welcoming environment is essential to creating a positive and inclusive learning environment in my classroom. This includes everything from the physical space of my classroom to the tone and language I use when interacting with students. As an educator, I strive to create a welcoming environment that promotes respect, kindness, and a sense of belonging for all students. This includes fostering a culture of open communication, encouraging collaboration and teamwork, and providing opportunities for students to share their diverse perspectives and experiences.

In summary, my philosophy as a high school teacher prioritizes equity, reconciliation, student-teacher relationships, and a welcoming environment. By incorporating these principles into my teaching practice, I can create a positive and inclusive learning environment that promotes academic achievement, personal growth, and social justice for all my students.

“The purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” —Sydney J. Harris