I believe firmly that education is the mode through which we grow as people. However, I also believe that we teach poorly in many schools.
My curricula are designed with the goal in mind of teaching students to always question further. Whether in the math classroom or the history one, I believe that students gain the most nuanced and deep understanding when they are given the tools to know both what they know and, more importantly, what they do not know.
I believe that factual knowledge, while important, is only a piece of the education puzzle. Critical thinking, inquiry, collaboration, creativity and the ability to read and write effectively, should be, in my mind, the primary aim of education. As such, I seek to build every lesson with these criteria in mind. Perhaps most of all, I am a firm supporter that the ability to build and support arguments is incredibly important in most subjects, especially in History and Mathematics.
I also believe strongly in the need to be social with students. I make a point of making myself available at lunch to talk. I volunteered after school at my Student Teaching Placement, and I plan to continue this practice in the future. I work out at my school. I want my students to understand that I'm a person. They know I can talk, but I want them to know that I can listen.