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Philosophy of Education 




My philosophy of education encompasses the theories of Debbie Meier, William Glasser, Jim Burke, Cris Tovani, Mary Atwell, Dr. Michael Moorehead, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, John Dewey, Jerome Bruner, Benjamin Bloom, and Howard Gardner.  Debbie Meier’s methods of assessment align with my concept of authentic assessment which is the only truly appropriate way to assess students’ abilities.  William Glasser influences my perspective on grading.  Every student can attain a B+.  Jim Burke incorporates an extraordinarily diverse teaching style. I work diligently to emulate his methods. Cris Tovani handles students that are traditionally considered “poor” readers and writers.  By teaching them the skills that “good” readers and writers utilize naturally she manages to turn these “poor” readers and writers into successful readers and writers. Sharing these strategies with all students. So even those that consider themselves to be good readers or writers can further develop their skills when they are more conscious of them.  Mary Atwell introduces the notion of writing as a process of learning rather than a means for assessment.  Although writing is an excellent means for assessment, it is also an extraordinary tool for learning. Dr. Michael Moorehead discusses the notions of ‘with-it-ness,' which is an essential component to teaching well.  Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, John Dewey, and Jerome Bruner comprise the notion of the constructivist theory that essentially means students learn best with exposure to hands on learning and when given the opportunity to freely explore their world. Please click on the following link to review a paper that is a compilation of written reflections based upon presentations of teachers http://jdeantonellis.com/Writing.htm#Written%20Reflections
Utilizing Bloom’s taxonomy to avoid teaching at the knowledge level whenever possible, and to teach students at the more relevant levels of application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Introducing Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory students to help them better understand their methods of learning while varying instruction throughout each unit to make certain to provide opportunities for students to learn in whatever method they are most comfortable with while challenging them to overcome their weaker methods by personal modification.  I make it clear that they are always welcome to ask me to assist them with these modifications.  In the past, I have dedicated an average of eight hours per week working one-on-one with students outside of classroom time as well as assisting them via phone calls and e-mails.
    
An avid learner who thrives upon learning more and expanding knowledge and understanding. A tech savvy teacher who gladly embraces programs that will benefit students and make the workflow faster and easier. A mindful teacher who scores 126 on the Langer Mindfullness Scale, and who envisions a classroom that provides instruction to students on how to be mindful while providing an area to deal with emotions that might otherwise interfere with learning. These are skills that will only benefit students and assist them with being successful in whatever they endeavor upon.