Teachers guide students, but who (or what) guides teachers? Principals and Department Heads can be wonderful mentors, but at the end of the day, you have to be responsible for yourself and your teaching style. I think teachers who have an internal compass are more joyful than those without.
I need something more than "likes kids", and that's where my touchstone comes in.
A talisman for when things go haywire, a touchstone for reassurance, and a compass to guide my planning and daily decision making, it's my personal teaching philosophy:
I believe a good education is essential to a successful future, and that all types of learners can become engaged in classroom activities. I strive to teach by example as a compassionate, inclusive and fair teacher. I work to build confidence in my students by providing them with opportunities to explore and grow in a dynamic classroom setting, valuing communication and effort over perfection.
|Michel Foucault, one of my fav philosophers (source)|