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Open Collection of Student Writing (OCSW)

Teaching Philosophy

Every child deserves a champion –an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. Rita F. Pierson

My teaching philosophy is based on the belief that all students should feel safe and accepted in the classroom.  When students feel safe and accepted, it promotes a positive place of learning.

Everyone has the right to learn!  All students should be treated as equals and encouraged to be the best little humans that they can become.

Special education is a energetic, fun and demanding field.  It is a great place to learn and grown for both students and teachers alike.

I believe there is a place for inclusion of students with special needs into the general education classrooms, as well as a valid need for self contained classrooms.  While the needs of every student can be different it should not be a “one size fits all model”.

Valuing a student’s identity should be a high importance in both special education and a regular classroom setting.

I will have high expectations for my students.  When you have high expectations for all your students they have a better chance to meet those expectations.

I will use positive reinforcement and incorporate it into my daily activities.  I hope that by giving positive reinforcement at the correct times students will learn what is right and what is wrong.

Classroom organization is a must!  If students are in a disorganized classroom, it can hinder learning. I want to find creative ways to have my room set up to better help my students learn.  A happy environment is a productive environment.


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