|Nathaniel Larimore is a high school teacher.|
I truly believe that all children are unique and have the capacity to learn. As an educator it is my responsibility to help every student reach their fullest potential. There are two crucial components to my educational philosophy. In order to take on the intricate task of teaching, I must have an understanding of how students process information and behavior.
The manner in which a student processes information is crucial in the process of teaching. My role as a teacher is to provide information. It is important for me to understand that not all students process information in the same manner. I must deliver instruction in a manner that allows for all students under my instruction to learn regardless of their skill level. It is important that I recognize the fact that what may work for one student may not work for the other students. It is my duty to provide each student with the information and skills necessary to achieve academic success.
Behavior is another major component of the learning process. I share the belief that learning takes place when there is a change in behavior. I believe that a student has greater respect for their teachers, as well as fellow students, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and know what is expected of them. However, it is important that I take into account the numerous psychological factors that impact the process of learning. As a teacher, I must have an understanding of behavior beyond classroom management in order to further develop and enhance the process of learning.
A display of a wide range of cognitive abilities and behaviors are common in the classroom. Unlike those in the medical profession, I do not get the opportunity to teach my students one at a time (individually). I must teach sometimes up to thirty students at once (in the same room) with different cognitive abilities and behaviors. In order to be effective I must be able to employ the techniques and strategies that will provide for academic growth and success for all of my students.
As I continue to put forth great effort in the classroom, I must continue to further develop and enhance my teaching skills. The opportunity to grow and learn new strategies through professional development is paramount in the area of teaching. The various conferences and workshops have allowed me to gain valuable information to help me improve my delivery of instruction.
Nathaniel Larimore is a high school teacher and has taught American Government and Theory of Knowledge for Baltimore City Public Schools for over 14 years.