I believe that all students can learn and their instruction needs to encourage the use of higher order thinking skills, and that instruction should be differentiated - tailored to students' individual readiness, inclinations and interests as much as possible. I believe in encouraging student inquiry and support student-centered learning that is in balance with teacher-led instruction and guided practice; I believe that these are all critical elements.
Interdisciplinary approaches can be powerful and when thoughtfully used, they both extend learning and offer students the opportunity to make sense of the world around them. I agree with Jossey-Bass that placing value on “performances of understanding" is primary, because these performances give students the opportunity to demonstrate that they understand information, can expand upon it, and apply it in new ways. (Jossey-Bass, 1998)
I am believer that good teaching should include methods that encourage students to reach for truth and understanding, using their natural curiosity, as well as, be guided by teachers’ creative mindsets and content knowledge. I believe that when students are nurtured this way, that they may “grow” new thinking dispositions, while they develop an eagerness for learning that leads them on to take ownership of their own learning - the ultimate goal in my teaching philosophy.