At our last faculty conference, we were each asked to discuss our educational philosophy. I was too tired to give it much thought then, especially since I had never cared much for educational theory, I had no answers remotely ready. But, I've been giving this question some thought, listening to people around me and it occurred to me that I have a one word educational philosophy, and that word is caring. I care about my students for them, not for what their test grades mean to me. I care that they learn and learn to love what they are learning. I care about things they find difficult to understand and care about finding a way to help them through. I care about them outside of the classroom. I nag when I see them walking around in the winter without a proper coat. I care enough to go to ball games and concerts I care enough to notice when a child is upset and I let them know I know something is wrong. Kids do better when teachers care.
(picture from International Festival May 13, 2011)