Philosophy Statement

Why I Teach
The ultimate purpose of education is to allow individuals to realize their potential and to develop insight into what it is to be a human being.  I believe that my role as an educator is to guide them on this journey and to encourage them that the journey is worthwhile.

Whom I Teach
As a teacher of mixed ability classes in a second level school, my challenge is to reach students with a wide range of academic abilities and different social backgrounds.

I agree with Paulo Freire’s attack on what he called the “banking” concept of education, in which the student is viewed as an empty account to be filled by the teacher.

Favoured Learning Theories – Constructivism and Social Constructivism

These learning theories have deep roots in classical antiquity.  Socrates, in dialogue with his followers, asked directed questions that led his students to realize for themselves the weaknesses in their thinking.  Learning is perceived as an active, not a passive, process, where knowledge is constructed, not acquired.  Knowledge construction is based on personal experiences and the continual testing of hypotheses.  Each person has a different interpretation and construction of knowledge process, based on past experiences and cultural factors.