Philosophy of Teaching

My Personal Philosophy of Teaching

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy
in creative expression and knowledge.”
Albert Einstein

          Teachers have a powerful impact on their students. Teachers can kindle a gift within their students that they didn’t even know that they had. Teachers inspire their students to be doctors, artists, scientists, and even future educators. Teachers help their students discover their special way of the thinking, as well as filling their minds with knowledge and skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. As a teacher, I want my students to learn that although they may not be born with the natural ability to create wonderful pieces of art, they can develop this ability through hard work and time. This concept can be applied to more subjects than just art; such as music, writing, and athletics. I want my students to realize they have potential and the ability to improve in whatever they put effort into.

When I attended school at Marian University, it was imperative for every student to learn the four Franciscan values. Marian was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, so as a University, we would apply their values into our daily lives: the value of dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship. I not only strive to live by these values, but I also want to apply them in my classroom.

To promote the value of peace and justice, I intend to construct an environment where my students feel comfortable expressing their unique perspectives, creative thinking, and where they feel safe. In my class we will celebrate diversity of not only each other, but our ideas and our individual ways of thinking. I believe everyone has different talents and gifts, so I want to build an environment where my students feel comfortable sharing their gifts and talents with one another. By helping students to develop the skills to be respectful and responsible, I will achieve this environment. My students will learn to respect each other as well as other students’ work. My students will become responsible individuals through their work ethic, using time wisely, and paying attention when others are speaking.

I will also implement the value of dignity by teaching my students how to be more imaginative and how to use creative thinking in everyday life. In addition, I’ll help them to learn about who they are. Fine arts is not just about making beautiful pieces of art; it’s also about finding out who you are along the way. I want my students to leave my class and use their imagination and creative thinking throughout their lives in school and college, as well as in their professional careers.

Through teaching and modeling the value of reconciliation, I want my students to learn that it is okay to make mistakes and to not be perfect. I want them to realize that making mistakes is a part of life and that, without mistakes, we do not learn how to improve ourselves. Reconciliation can also be taught throughout their work, including quizzes, tests and projects. This value can also be seen through their work; like quizzes, tests, and projects. If students don’t receive the grades they hoped for on a test, I will help them figure out how to prepare better next time. If a students don’t create paintings the way they intended them to look, they will get better the next few times they paint a picture and reach their desired result. I will teach my students that they should look at their mistakes as a way to improve and learn, and that mistakes are not worthless.

I will model the value of responsible stewardship by using my abilities and talents to help my students gain knowledge and skills and realize their potential. When my students complete my course, they will be able to use their new knowledge and skills in various aspects of their lives and someday, in the lives of others.

As Albert Einstein stated, as teachers, we “awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” I want to have this kind of a positive impact on my students and inspire them to reach their full potential. I want to help them grow as individuals in a creative way and maybe even help them unveil a talent they didn’t even know they possessed. I want my students to feel joyful as they gain knowledge and learn how to be express themselves in a creative way.