Ellen Post



Teaching Philosophy

As an urban high school science teacher, I have found that the method of facilitating rather than dictating to be a highly beneficial style of teaching. During my first year of teaching I came across the following quote and it has stayed with me over the years:

“These kids are bigger and stronger than me; I cannot force them to do anything. I therefore need them to fall in love with me. Or at least like me enough not to want to mess up my life. I need them to care so deeply for me that they will take one of the biggest personal risks they will take—to try and do something they know they will struggle with in front of their peers. To read, write and learn.”  –Rosemary Tripi Wong

The foundation of my teaching is connections with my students. Students want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, entertained and feel cared for. I incorporate humor on a daily basis, do not settle for mediocrity‎, and strive to provide dynamic, pertinent information to my students which leaves them hungry to continue learning past the primary objective.

For additional information on my work in the Fellows Program, please see my action research report on Socratic Seminars in Earth Science and AP Environmental Science.