I prefer to teaching in democratic classroom environments where both students and teacher(s) are authentic members of the class and learning community. This belief stems largely from Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy which doesn’t see students as empty vessels to be “educated” but rather that education is a transformative practice for those looking to learn. In my teaching, I aim to foster a safe environment for students to develop their indentities and their understanding of the world, and by no means claim to be the only source of knowledge. My preference is to learn along side my students, together.
I believe everyone has the right to education and am not blinded to the harm the education can do. Although education is seen as the “great equalizer” it has the ability to punish the minority for not thinking like the majority. Consequently, my teaching aims to eliminate this by fostering critical thinking over memorization and respecting and appreciating differences in the classroom.