Donald F. Spencer
Educational Philosophy and Practice
My educational philosophy has evolved from a basic belief that I am in my classroom to help each individual succeed in the class and in life. In order to do this, I must stay abreast of the latest effective strategies and effective tools in education.
Current research is shedding more light on the construction of effective instruction. I use this research to construct my lessons. I teach for understanding. This requires me to use performance-based standards whenever possible. I map and align my curriculum to implement effective lessons. This allows me to collaborate with other teachers to create authentic, interdisciplinary lessons.
It is my belief that I must stay abreast of the most current research in pedagogy and technology. Technology provides new mind tools for education. I use technology to provide tools that are appropriate to the strategy I have chosen.
My educational philosophy is based on many years as an educator and study that has resulted in my degree of Doctor of Education. I spend a great deal of effort in planning the structure of my lessons, but I never lose sight of the needs and welfare of each individual in my classroom. At the end of the day, it is neither the pedagogy nor technology that I used by which I judge my effectiveness. Rather, my effectiveness is measured by the degree to which I have been able to help each individual achieve success in my classroom and move toward success in life.