Teaching Philosophy

I have a passion for Health Education and making a positive difference in a child’s life. “Children may forget what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel.”  I believe Health Education needs to be holistic, engaging and will assist in the creation of a contributing member of society.  The student’s learning should be diverse and relevant to their life which will in turn create meaningful learning. I hope to create “hands on, minds on, hearts on” learning for all students in my classroom. My training in Special Education has provided me with many tools to use in any classroom and it has provided me with an inclusive style of teaching that allows for differentiated instruction.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”-Einstein. I believe education needs to focus on the student’s strengths and individual goals versus their weaknesses. Teachers have the ability to guide students in a direction that will facilitate success in their future. Teachers also have the ability to support students or be a positive role model for those who do not have a strong support network in their life.

Formative assessment allows teachers to guide instruction in ways that would be most beneficial to the students.  I believe a major aspect of assessment or evaluation needs to allow for teachers to give feedback and allow for students to improve on their skills and abilities.

As a whole, I want to create a safe and welcoming classroom for all my students in which they feel a sense of belonging and worth. In this classroom they are comfortable with one another and embrace diversity among their peers.

-Janelle

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