Jackie Newton

English Teacher
Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design

My Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is that every child deserves a quality education.  It is the belief that all children can learn and succeed.  All may not learn at the same pace, but they can all learn and be successful.  Learning should be fun and exciting.  As a teacher, I aim to create an atmosphere that encourages curiosity and determination.  My classroom should be a place of joy where students feel important, respected, cared for, and believed in.  In my classroom, I try to infuse skills that my students not only use in school but beyond. I want my students to work collaboratively, so they find the confidence to ask questions and actively engage in learning. This  would enable them to deepen their understanding and move towards strengthening their critical thinking and problem solving skills.  These are the skills my students need for college and beyond.  Maria Montessori once said, “the greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say the children are now working as if I did not exist.”  That is what I am striving to attain in my classroom – autonomy.

Building Block Spotlight: Personal Mindset

The Skill Building Block that I chose is Personal Mindset. I believe when students can maintain focus on a task despite external distractions, they will be demonstrating Personal Mindset. How I plan on supporting students to develop full potential:
(a) Explaining explicitly what students need to do, what the end result should look like, what I expect of them, and by providing all necessary and essential resources.
(b) This is a change from my first year, because I think beginning with Personal Mindset is an important skill to develop at an early stage of the students’ high school experience because Personal Mindset sets the tone for the rest of their educational development as well as their college and career endeavors.

What I'm Working on

  • Teaching personal mindset skills to my students 
  • Incorporating 21st century skills learning into my daily lesson plan and 21st century skills vocabulary into my daily language so my students are consistently practicing the targeted skills and see a connection between their learning and skills development
  • Creating projects and activities that give my students ample opportunities to practice their collaboration skills so they can truly work together as oppose to working individually in groups.