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Teaching Philosophy

Language and culture are the frameworks through which humans experience, communicate, and understand reality.

                                  Lev Vygotsky

My teaching philosophy is a reflection of Lev Vygotsky who describes learning as a social process. Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development (ZPD) refers to the area of exploration where the student is cognitively prepared, but requires help and social interaction to fully develop. According to Vygotsky, collaborative learning, discourse, modeling, and scaffolding are strategies for supporting knowledge and skills of learners. I think that as a teacher, I will make a positive change in my students’ lives supporting students’ understanding of knowledge or development of complex skills. To accomplish this goal, I will teach to the needs of each child and support them so that all learners can feel capable and successful.