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    Philosophy of Education:

    As a teacher, my goal is to educate my students. The distinction is in the definition of these words: to teach is to impart knowledge; to educate is to develop the faculties and powers of a person by teaching. I believe education to be a combination of self discovery and the process of connecting that self to the outside world. Once connections (between concepts, experiences, or perceptions) are made, education flourishes and grows. My educational philosophy involves a focus on the development of my students’ abilities. It is my goal to enhance each of my students’ abilities to think, reason, and communicate.

    "To laugh often and much,
    to win the respect of intelligent people
    and the affection of children,
    to earn the appreciation of honest critics
    and endure the betrayal of false friends,
    to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others,
    to leave the world a bit better,
    whether by a healthy child,
    a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
    to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
    This is to have succeeded!"
    ...attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson       

     Grading: Grades are based on a point system. Point allotments vary depending on the size and scope of the assignment, for example: a unit exam might be worth 100 points, and a vocabulary quiz would be worth 20 points. Grades are calculated on a points earned out of points available basis.