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                                                                                   to teach is to touch a life forever-

                                                                                                    Anonymous

                 The idea that each student is an individual with his/her own thoughts, experiences, and interests is the basis of my philosophy of teaching.  As I develop goals and objectives for units and daily lesson plans, it is this idea that governs my teaching style, methods, techniques, and assessments.  Although it is difficult to encompass each intelligence for every lesson, by constantly changing and implementing several each day, I am more likely to engage students more of the time than if they expect a lecture.  My students are never sure as to what our classroom will look like or how I will present a lesson each day, so they enter our classroom with enthusiasm and great anticipation.  When I say "our" classroom, it is exactly that - ours- it belongs to each of us and my students are very aware of that.  They know they are held accountable for their actions: behaviorally, academically, and socially.

                I am very proud of the curriculum I have established in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  As soon as I receive my class lists, I check all resources available to me, regarding my individual students, to establish what types and levels of literature and writing will be appropriate for the school year and more specifically what will be appropriate for each class.  This sometimes frustrates my students because each of my classes may be doing something different and the students can't ask just anyone, "What did we do in English today?"  As a teacher, I pride myself on addressing the needs and interests of each student and of a particular class, which in turn governs the process for writing lessons appropriate for them.  As for my students, they know that my expectations for them are high, but they also know they are capable of achieving such high standards through communication, dedication, mutual respect, and much praise.

                It is for these opportunities that I choose to be an educator, and I realize the more I teach, the more I learn, and the more I learn, the more I grow as a teacher.  I truly hope the qualities I have as a person demonstrate my sincere love of teaching and my unique qualification for the position of a high school English teacher.  I offer my students a high level of commitment, competence, and energy, and expect the same in return.