Each student is a uniquely talented individual who deserves an education
that will propel her forward on her life journey to develop to her fullest potential. My
desire as an educator is to motivate and inspire students to set high goals and then to
assist them in developing the self-discipline and focus to accomplish these goals. Time
and again as an educator I have witnessed how a teacher’s positive affirming belief in a
student can powerfully impact a student’s success in the classroom as well as in other
areas of her life.
As a foreign language teacher, I have an opportunity to expand the students’ minds not
only in learning the language but also in learning about other cultures, which in turn
will lead to a greater understanding of their own culture. As our fast, high tech world
continues to grow even smaller, it is imperative that our students expand their horizons.
Acquiring a foreign language can open many doors that would otherwise be
We are born with an innate desire to learn and that learning can and should
continue to be enjoyable and stimulating throughout our lives. In the classroom my
students work diligently and are continually challenged while at the same time having
fun. My experience has shown me that if laughter is part of the learning process there is
a higher level of participation and focus, which in turn leads to a greater retention of the
material being presented.
Furthermore, I believe in competency-based education. Before a class moves forward, a
majority must have demonstrated an acceptable level of competency. A foreign language
class should stress all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. To develop
the oral skills, classes must be filled with a high level of active participation by all
students and the teacher. To process and assimilate the new material into the permanent
memory bank, the students must consistently do a variety of homework assignments such as:
completing handouts and creative tasks from the teacher; doing drills in the text and the online interactive site; listening to music and the news; watching movies; speaking to native speakers whenever the opportunity arises; and if possible, traveling to Spanish or French speaking areas.
The videos that are
coordinated with the text are another extremely valuable resource, and they
assist in oral skill development while adding to the students’ appreciation of many
cultural points of interest. To further improve oral skills students are strongly encouraged
to study with a partner or a small group outside of class. Also, well-written quizzes and exams, that
are corrected as soon as possible, are excellent tools that assess the students’ strengths and
weaknesses and are a valuable teaching tool.
In addition, my philosophy includes patience, understanding, commitment of my time
beyond the classroom, and a sincere enjoyment in seeing my students succeed. In our
competitive society it is important for students not only to receive a solid
education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual
needs. I am such a person and continually strive to be the best teacher possible.