Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
School: Skyline High School CDC
Dulani Masimini Teaching Philosophy 2015 Statement of Teaching Philosophy
As a teacher, I aim to perpetuate knowledge and inspire learning.
More specifically, as a student learner, I introduce students to Blooms
Taxonomy and ask them to articulate their reactions, not only presenting
a repertoire but also teaching independent critical listening and thinking.
To this end, I seek a balance in my courses between lecturing to students
and asking them to make discoveries. I encourage students to engage with
the topic at hand, with me, and with each other in the belief that good
teaching depends upon intellectual exchange. My approach to student
assessment reflects my two goals. First, the student is expected to
master a body of knowledge by demonstrating on exams a familiarity
with those authors, evidence, terms, and concepts studied in the course.
Second, students are given the opportunity to reflect upon the material at
greater leisure in written assignments that emphasize the skills of critical
thinking and listening acquired during the semester. While my standards
are high, I help the students to meet expectations by providing office hours,
review sessions, and the chance to submit draft papers and revisions. I
believe in a flexible manner of instruction, responsive to the unique
atmosphere of a given class. In conducting either a large lecture or small
seminar, I am aware of students’ different experiences and temperaments
in hopes of developing their strengths while ameliorating their weaknesses.
Every student, regardless of background, can improve his or her ability to
listen to and understand theories and concepts. In lectures, discussions,
and assignments, I show that music responds to various modes of inquiry: analytic,
hermeneutic, cultural, and historical; thus, students are equipped to explore
the possibilities of each perspective and emboldened to push beyond their
own experience to expand their skills. In the end, I have enriched a student’s
ability to think about, discuss, and listen to concepts with a new awareness
of the aesthetic and humanistic significance.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.