Statement of Teaching Phylosophy

I believe every student is a unique individual who needs a secure and motivating atmosphere in which to develop emotionally and intellectually. It is my goal as an educator to assist my students to meet their potential in learning by providing them with a safe environment where tasks encourage risk-taking and cooperation simultaneously developing analytical as well as critical thinking skills. There is a key element here that I believe is responsible for establishing such an environment: the teacher’s effectiveness that triggers the student’s success. The teacher’s role has long been viewed as “the clever in the classroom”. If that prototype is changed into “the guide on the side” it would bring to a constructivism: a philosophy of learning based on the notion that supports the learners taking responsibility for their own learning process, which is what the guide’s role suggests. To be a facilitator of the learners’ learning process and a caring mentor responsible for the learners’ development will need “the guide on the side” to pursue with an immense amount of work, training, and research.
While I understand what I hope to achieve is limited, I am sure education is where I can have the utmost impact. As a teacher who has been in the sphere of education for more than 18 years, I can say the good teacher is like the wizard who guides the learners through their studies and helps them appreciate the potential that resides within them and makes the best use of their minds and those behaviors that can make the world a better place. However, it is impossible for me to be all things to my students. It is important for them to see that I don’t have all the answers and that I must deal with paradoxes about theory and practice, teaching, and life just as they do. These paradoxes and gaps in knowledge create the opportunity for research, new understandings and ways of thinking outside the box.
Mobile technology is an important part of my work. Today’s language classroom is undergoing an irreversible revolution and one of the most powerful drivers of this transformation is information and communication technologies. I believe not only the interactive mobile learning makes the teaching and learning process enjoyable but also develops students’ searching, comparing and contrasting, analyzing, critical thinking and decision making, exploring, choosing, planning and evaluating, risk-taking and self-assessing skills. The students who are given freedom and choice to explore and create in whatever academic ways they want to as part of their learning coursework are far more willing and motivated than those who do not.
The pleasure of observing, grading, evaluating and giving feedback on these efforts is extremely rewarding for both teachers and students. I believe teachers must give students as much latitude and support as possible for their creative efforts, continuously setting the bar higher and higher and making sure all efforts get shared with the rest of the class.
Language is, in many ways, the most real subject for students, as it is a real communication with their peers. However, students constantly complain about grammar and lists of vocabulary imposed on them to study. They do not want to learn the language for the grammar or literature, but rather to communicate with their friends and make new friends and acquaintances in other countries. It is worth mentioning that they are already doing a lot of this on their own by Skyping, messaging, texting, tweeting, or simply exchanging audios and videos online. Therefore, today’s language learning has to be about real communication, not dialogues and pretend. Today’s language learners are able to communicate easily and quickly with their peers in other places who speak the language they are studying, which is one of the reasons why teachers should embrace the needs of the new generation and encourage them to join online teams that speak the language being studied. Today, there is no more learning a language for someday when you go there. On the contrary, as often as possible, students should travel virtually where necessary and communicate in the target language about their real-life situations. Hence, as a teacher, I do not resist reforms and innovative changes. Just the contrary, I constantly try to think differently and go out to meet my digital native students in the students’ comfort zone.
In summary, I believe that only if answers to the questions continue to appear, will the questions continue to flow, thus making us, educators, ask “how?” and “why?” in order to advance and finally find out what makes us teachers effective in educating.