Philosophy of Education

I believe inclusive education means creating a safe space in which all students, regardless of gender, race, or ability, can learn without constraint or bias. Inclusive education means embracing students’ differences by adopting a curriculum that reflects classroom diversity and promotes the idea that different is normal.

I believe in the three Rs of classroom instruction˗˗Richness, Rigor, and Relevance˗˗to engage and challenge students. In support of this belief, I pledge to practice Universal Design for Learning to break down barriers and make education accessible to all students. I will incorporate Gardner’s philosophy of Multiple Intelligences and teach to students’ unique styles and preferred methods of learning. As their teacher, I strive to know and understand my students˗˗their backgrounds and beliefs, their likes and dislikes, their hopes and dreams˗˗so that I can provide relevant classroom experiences.

I will actively foster positive relationships within the school and classroom to build a sense of community and belonging. As an educator, I recognize my obligation to model self-confidence, pride in learning, and a continuing curiosity for exploration so that all my students may become agents of success. I will presume competence, listen with an open mind, frequently question my beliefs, and ensure that every student has the right to a free and appropriate education. I will promote equity in the classroom so that all students can exceed expectations.

Melissa Garrett

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