Teaching Philosophies

No Student Left Behind

I believe that no student should be left behind in education. As teachers we must work to meet the strengths as well as the needs of each of our students. I believe in differentiated instruction and an openness to new learning strategies. Each student has what it takes to succeed. It is up to us as educators to recognize and meet their needs to allow them to access that success that each student possesses. I believe that all children have the right to learn. A student’s background does not determine whether they deserve greater or lesser education. All students deserve the same level of support from me as a teacher.

Collaboration

I believe in collaboration as an educational tool. This goes for myself as well as students. Through collaboration we can learn more than we would on our own. This opens up possibilities that were impossible with just one thinking mind. This goes further than just students and teachers.

Not only does collaboration from school communities allow for completion of larger projects, creates a sense of belonging and harmony. This promotes an environment of success. Through teamwork and collaboration, students can learn to lend a hand to those around them.

Treaty Philosophy

I believe that it is important that we recognize that we are all Treaty people and that this is something I, as an educator, must actively think of. We must all work towards truth and reconciliation in our interactions and education. As educators, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on our history that has led us to where we are today to understand the oppression that has taken place and continues to take place despite the promises made in the Treaties. It is our responsibility to share Indigenous perspectives with students in a respectful way. We must recognize that Indigenous history is the history of the land that is now Canada.

Treaty Education has lacked in the past. As we move forward in a time of Truth and Reconciliation, we must put in the work to understand and acknowledge the racist, oppressive history in our country. We must be willing to address the tough topics. Only when these issues are vocalized can we begin to move towards true Truth and Reconciliation.

Outdoor Education

I believe that there is always things we can learn from outdoor and place-based education. Outdoor education is a continual theme that should be started young and carried through high school. I believe that outdoor education can be used in any subject area. The earth has English, Math, Science, and Art lessons if we pay attention By being outdoors, students can become grounded in their learning and can come to understand the bigger picture of the world around us. Outdoor education encourages stewardship of the land, to treat it with respect. Through outdoor education, students can come to appreciate all that the earth provides us with – from food and shelter to the leisure activities we take for granted. I believe that outdoor education teaches students to care for a being they may not understand. Outdoor education develops students into more empathetic, caring individuals.