My Teaching Philosophy
I believe teaching should be about creating innovative solutions to problems using content and skills learned in the classroom, and exposing students to the means through which they can access information to expand their own understandings. I believe it is important to expose students to rigorous content, but that the means through which they apply their understandings are varied, and it is the responsibility of the teacher to expose the students to the variety of ways through which they can express and apply their understandings.
Building Block Spotlight: Problem Solving
In my classroom, problem solving is an explicitly dictated task with specific steps, roles, and time periods for each step of the process.