Voiceover: It is important to understand how we view ourselves as educators. How do we educate or students? Why do we educate our students? Who/what influences the way that we teach? It is important to look at ourselves and our own beliefs to understand our teaching philosophy.
Voiceover: What is it about history that drew us to teaching it? Is it a particular moment in history that you enjoy? How about a particular moment in your own life that brings nostalgia and taught you a valuable life lesson?
Voiceover: Personally, I believe that history repeats itself. The human race is constantly evolving yet it seems to hold itself back with the same mistakes it has made before. My curiosity and interest in this phenomena has driven me to education in hopes that I can teach my students about past mistakes and to aim to make the world a better place!
Voiceover: The importance of civics has been lost in this country until fairly recently. Too few students do not care about what their vote can do. They have a say in the future of the country and they are capable of changing it for the better. I want my students to leave my classroom armed with this knowledge
Voiceover: I want my students to leave my classroom with life lessons and information that will last with them past the taking of a test. I desire to teach them different ways to look at the world and to feel challenged to change it for the better. Both for themselves and for future generations.
Voiceover: I want to change lives. I believe that it is my duty to help my students develop and grow into thoughtful, knowledgeable, and caring young adults. I want to strive to see them become successful adults and see them succeed after they leave my school. It is the privilege of a life time to be a social studies teacher.