My personal teaching philosophy (and even philosophy on life) is very structured (but flexible) and focused on creating very strong, motivating, interactive, and innovative holistic student learning and development through the use of critical inquiry thought and provocative thinking.
I strongly believe in teaching all student learners how to link theory to practice and taking the appropriate ethical action (problem solving) at all levels (psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual) of their individual personal education.
I strive to hold students personally responsible but at the same time empowering them to be accountable for their own individual learning by requiring students to create their own learning expectations, competencies, goals, and objectives at the beginning of each academic course and assessing their progress and completion throughout the semester. I love to take risks in the classroom as well as use all forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.).
My teaching style involves very interactive and equal 10-15 minute segments broken down into lectures, large and small scale discussions, peer education, individual and group presentations and projects, using top notch technology and media. I also highly like to require students to complete many of their assignments outside the classroom on campus and outside in “the real world,” through service learning, field trips, and internships as well as incorporating diversity and multiculturalism into all learning experiences.
I truly enjoy challenging, learning from students, and teaching students at all levels, as well as watching their personal growth and development.
My overall philosophy on student learning and development and in life in general can be best represented by this cartoon/image below which expresses how I will never let any student or anyone fall.
This also goes along with the philosophy that you should not clear the way for your student(s), but let them learn how to do it.
I may let them slip, but quickly help them up/learn so next time they can do it for themselves. I think this is what life is all about!
Also, I look at all challenges / crisis as an opportunity to learn from. This can be best described by looking at this ancient Chinese analogy below as well. I try to closely follow the Yin-Yang philosophy with traditional Buddhist educational thought in my teaching and overall academic, professional, and personal lifestyle for success!
If I had to best sum up my ultimate view on students, it would be in this image below “The Student is…” Even though I consider myself to be a teacher / faculty member / coach / and a facilitator of learning, I will never stop being a student as I am always learning. Each week I try to attend at least one online webinar on educational topics as well as take academic classes and work on more academic degrees. For example, I am currently working on an IMBA with a focus on sustainability and multicultural global international business from Southern New Hampshire University.
I believe that once you stop being a student, you can’t be a teacher…………Well a good teacher right?
Is money the purpose in your life? What would you do if money did not matter and was no object? What would you really want to do? Here is one of my favorite videos that goes over this very important concept: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khOaAHK7efc
I try to teach my students this. Yes, you may be happy making lots of money, but do you truly love what you do? Are you happy? Ideally, you want to do something you love and the money is good too right? That can be a challenge. It is all about balance here which I try hard to echo in my own life and help empower my students to do as well........
Yes, you can make a lot of money if you work hard........but how do you measure success? Do you want to die and have a million dollar funeral to quote the funny late Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack? What really makes you itch? What is your passion? What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want people to remember you? Just someone who made a lot of money? These are the types of questions I ask my students.
To quote the great late John Lennon, "life is what happens when you are busy making other plans." Also, in a good song he wrote/sung "Beautiful Boy."
Sticking with this theme of money, I believe that teachers always
first and foremost always make
a difference. I do not believe that anyone should be in education and or a
teacher/professor for the money. If you are in education for the money, I
really doubt the intentions of that teacher/professor.
This image is very important to me given our current political environment. It is so important to teach our students how to think and not what to think!
And finally, we should always teach our students to attack and debate/discuss the issue/topic and never each other personally. When students start name calling each other and even the instructor/professor/teacher, learning stops. To quote Spock from Star Trek, "reverting to name calling suggests that you are defensive, and therefore find my opinion valid (Spock, 2013)- Star Trek 2: Into the Darkness.