My teaching philosophy comes from my heart and from my life. I have always loved information, not for information’s sake, but for what you can DO with it. It teaches you how to create, and solve, and function, and infer, and understand, and question, and so much more. Learning prepares you to live life, and to understand what you are living.
Beyond teaching facts, I want to be an educator who teaches students how to learn, and how to harness what they have learned so they can create life themselves. While this may sound very abstract and flighty, it is truly very practical. I think it is a tragic shame when people do not understand how the electricity, motor vehicles, or other technologies they use every day operate in a basic way, or how the food they eat is made every step of the way, or why advertisements influence them, or what motivates the moods and feelings of the people around them. I mourn people whose existences are limited to the basic understanding that: electricity comes from the wall, gas comes from a hose, food comes in a box and is prepared in seconds in the microwave, dirt is vacuumed, fire is made with the click of a button on a stove, there are exactly 73 visible stars at night, sweating is when the AC is broken or you are inside a gym, cars go because you turn the key, jobs give you money with which to purchase all other facets of material life (which is life itself), and love is…?
I want to teach students how to be human, in the fullness and richness of life. I want to teach them to operate as individuals, creating, and doing, and making, and expanding. I want to teach students that it is good to consume, but to consume with understanding and appreciation. The saddest thing I have ever seen are the “Man on the Street” interviews. They are made with people that do not know life, but are buried by it. I want my students to be well rounded, functional human beings, thriving in the world.
My philosophy is to teach HOW.