Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is based on my belief that learning must be student centered.  Not only must I design classes I am excited about, students will leave my classes feeling confident with their knowledge and ability and their learning ability as well as a passion for seeking out

Each student has different experiences and needs. As former undergraduate student and a current graduate student, I understand that a friendly, open and stress-free environment is essential for academic performance. This is why I believe in providing students with different methods of assessment and evaluation based on the individual. I am committed to monitoring each student to motivate them with tailored options to demonstrate their learning outcomes and goals. Also, from my experience working in Weber State’s Center for Diversity and Unity, I have also learned to be ally and friend to people from all backgrounds such as race, orientation and religious affiliations.

Students must be equal partners in the learning process. I want students to take the role of a student teacher and give presentations integrating multiple mediums such as video, and PowerPoint that will help them in other classes and their careers. Students can often be the best teachers by offering support to their peers. Some of the most memorable experiences I had during my undergraduate education were the lasting relationships I developed with my fellow students through group projects and presentations. I strongly believe that interactions with other students through group discussions and projects can be invaluable to the learning experience.

I also believe in integrating technology into the classroom. In our modern society a teacher’s greatest asset is technology. I will show students how to access the wealth of knowledge that is available at our fingertips through personal computers and smartphones. I will design courses that teach them to integrate media into education. Canvas is great tool for this type of learning. Using the online forum method, I will create assignments that maximize learning outside of the classroom but also provide the sense of community that is found in to face-to-face classroom setting. Students can comment, give feedback and criticisms to enhance each other’s learning experiences outside of the regular class times.

When a student walks out of my classroom, I am confident that they will leave knowing they have learned something and had fun learning it. I also want them to leave knowing they will do well in not only this course, but with the confidence that they will do well in their academic careers as well. My goal is that my students and I will walk hand in hand together toward a bright future of lifelong learning.

Amy Pittman