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Teaching Philosophy

          To deliver the knowledge we have to our students, we need to create a healthy and positive learning environment. As an international dance ambassador, I have two different educational backgrounds, which profoundly affect how I teach and make my outlook on teaching unique. Philosophically, I think that everything about teaching needs to focus on the student, respect all cultures of all students, and look at teaching as a self-learning process.

          Due to my experiences of being a dance ambassador in different parts of the world, I have come to the conclusion that student-focused teaching is the most effective. It is important for students to understand that their academic career is for themselves and for their own benefit, rather than for someone else. As teachers, it’s our responsibility to lead students to pursue their futures in a positive and beneficial way. 

      Another important element of my teaching philosophy is having mutual respect between student and teacher. As our society changes, it is important to create a positive multicultural atmosphere within our classroom. We have to consider that our students have different educational levels, different skin colors, different races, different cultural backgrounds, and different receptivity. Making students feel equal in the classroom is a major part of respecting their individualities, which will allow them to tell their stories and help them build positive and healthy mentalities.  As far as I am concerned, dance classes should create a heaven of freedom, a space to embody uniqueness, and a safe place for everyone to feel equal.

       Thirdly, teaching is about sharing knowledge with students, but it is also a process whereby teachers can learn from students. I have always felt that teaching a class is like holding a mirror so that we can examine our efforts. As a teacher, I think good teaching qualities are enhanced by constant self-evaluation. Under the reflection of "this mirror," we can intuitively see our advantages and disadvantages in teaching. To address the shortcomings we have seen, making adjustments is the most effective way to help ourselves improve our teaching skills, while at the same time, trying to maintain a good learning environment. Teaching is not only to educate students but also to educate themselves as well.

                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                            Jeremy 子豪

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