My teaching is rooted in the knowledge that to speak, to write, to dance, to sing, to draw, and to act are movement verbs that expand one’s presence into the world and allow one to carve a place in which to be recognized. A teacher’s role in the class, and outside of the class, is to provide the space and the support so students can begin to be recognized as the person they wish to become.
I also value academic success. I respect the importance of assessments in all their forms and ensure that students improve their grades and overall academic results in the short-run. I am especially attentive to students who have been wrongly convinced that ‘they cannot do well,’ and to demonstrate to them that in fact they can improve and eventually master the subjects they learn. Indeed, successful teaching in general aims to help students’ grades in the short-run but most importantly it aims to cultivate students’ desire to learn in the long run.
The confidence to learn – to know that one can tackle and eventually master any subject – is not something that human beings are born with. It is, however, a type of confidence that I have been striving to install in my students over the years.