L.E.S.S. P.A.P.E.R.

My Educational Philosophy = L.E.S.S. P.A.P.E.R.

It all comes down to using less paper.  In this era of diminishing natural resources, we, as “stewards of the earth,” need to be vigilant about the impact that our everyday actions have on the planet and upon each other.  “L-e-s-s P-a-p-e-r” is the acronym that I use describe my teaching philosophy.

Love-Enthusiasm-Standards-Social Justice.  Prepare-Attention-Provide-Example-Respect
As a teacher I believe that one must:

  • Love what one does – expanding the horizons of the students
  • Teach with Enthusiasm – education is contagious
  • Set Standards – so everyone knows the rules
  • Keep in mind Social Justice issues – we all have an obligation to each other
  • Prepare for class – never “wing it”
  • Get, and keep the student’s Attention – they will learn more
  • Provide timely feedback to the students – so they know where they stand
  • Set a good Example – inside…and outside the classroom
  • Respect the diversity and ideas of others – it’s the right thing to do

With this in mind I believe that students learn best when the course material is presented in a variety of ways (lecture, team presentations, handouts, PowerPoint, videos, discussion, guest speakers).  The different methods of presentation are geared to allow those with different learning styles several ways to grasp the material.

In addition, it is vital that the students learn to question and discuss items from the class, as well as be able to relate classroom learning with items from the “real world.”  This is an area where I can bring in a multitude of examples from the workplace and relate the lesson to a real life case, or vice versa.

Group presentations and projects help accomplish two other important learning goals.  One, they force the students to interact with one another and learn lessons about working on a team (or not, which in itself is also a lesson).  Two, speaking in front of a class presents an opportunity to improve public speaking/presentation skills.

And when all the material in the syllabus (or revised syllabus) has been covered, and the last paper and exam are handed in, I, as the teacher can only hope that my students have learned something.  There may be dozens of facts, figures, theories and dates that students have to remember in order to pass a course.  But education is much more than remembering what happened on a certain date, or who promulgated a certain theory.I look at my job as a teacher, who puts his heart into helping transform his students, to expand their horizons and to have them a more educated after one of my courses than before.  B.F. Skinner, the noted psychologist, said it so well, “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.”

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  1. My name is AdamB from Lancaster,Pa and I attended Hempfield High School. Our school colors were red and black and our mascot was the black knight. At Hempfield, I played on the golf team and was a member of Varsity Club, Key Club and Anchor Club. The best thing at Hempfield was definetly the people. Their was about 2600 students at Hempfield and it was nice to see new faces on a regular basis. The worse thing about Hempfield was the length of the school day. Classes began at 7:30 in the morning and did not end until 3 in the afternoon.

    The best thing so far at Cabrini, has been the people. They have come from all over to study here. I have already met students from all up and down the east coast and even a few from Texas. Eventhough we are from different parts of the country, we mostly all have the same interests. Sports is the major similarity and the main discussion topic in Xavier Hall. So far this has been the best aspect of Cabrini, the people. The main thing I am most looking forward to, is just taking the next step in my life and becoming used to being on my own. It definetly was a tough adjustment but hopefully it will not be for a long period of time. I am the first person in my family to go to college, so I just hope to learn as much as possible while I am here


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