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The Philosophy:
It is my belief that traditional learning methods do not serve the student well in today's world, let alone the world of tomorrow.  I also believe that new strategies cannot simply be improvements on previous methods but must be groundbreaking and must come soon.  I believe students have both the biggest role in creating the innovation and the most to gain from it.  However, they and I will have to learn and work differently to create it.

While I readily admit that I do not know what the new model will look like, I feel I know what it does not look like: the traditional classroom.   I believe the picture at right reflects a good starting point for this new direction.

A mainstay of my teaching that will not change, however, is my fierce commitment to building strong, familial relationships with all of my students.

My way of teaching will reflect my best attempt at this new direction in learning.
The following quotes, videos, and articles help further explain my belief.
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country." - Abraham Lincoln

If I had asked people what they wanted
, they would have said faster horses." - Henry Ford

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.”
- Pearl S. Buck

"Education is not filling a vessel, but igniting a fire."
- W.B. Yeats

"People learn from people they love." 
- David Brooks

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
- Robert F. Kennedy

"Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."
- John Wooden

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."    - Confucius
“Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with the results.”
- George S. Patton

A video example of the goal !
The link below gives a visual example of the type of product that I am hoping our educational system can create. I believe it is an example of a product worth working towards.

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Created: May 31, 2008
Updated: Aug 26, 2013
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