Philosophy of Education

Here’s a glimpse inside my classroom.

  • the power to listen, to invite dialogue and questioning

phil-ed-02As an educator, I believe in the cultivation of curiosity, creativity and empathy. In our ever increasing globally connected world, learning needs to foster communication and collaboration to inspire students to question, to construct and deconstruct meaning. Students should be challenged to imagine, explore, problem-solve, discern and seek innovative solutions to issues of local and global significance. They need to be given an authentic audience.

Education is transformative and it embodies the possibility for positive change through commitment, respect and resilience. Learning thus needs to be relevant. The role of educators is to guide students to nurture personal growth and intrinsic motivation. Integrating technology and new media literacies in the classroom open the door to the world and allow students to get involved as active participants. Discovery moments will occur when students are encouraged to persevere, to make mistakes and seek multiple perspectives. Designing learning experiences that incorporate a strong reflective practice is a critical component to strengthen metacognition and the learning process.

phil-ed-01Perhaps, one of the greatest gifts of being an educator is empathy–the power to listen, to invite dialogue and questioning. A relationship founded upon trust is fundamental. Educators possess the unique capacity to instill confidence in their students and nurture their independence as thinkers. The role of curiosity and creative problem solving are vital to a classroom dedicated to inquiry. By promoting individual and collective thinking, educators assist students at arriving at the complexity of ideas and discovering their own meaning.

“Receive the children in reverence; educate them in love; let them go forth in freedom.”
Rudolf Steiner