Mr. Muscato's Philosophy of Education
“The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” ~ Maria Montessori
I firmly believe in establishing and maintaining a community of learners, through a differentiated, social constructivist, and metacognitive approach to learning.
The foundation of safe, stimulating, successful, and cooperative learning environments begins with positive teacher-student relationships. I am dedicated to the academic, social, and emotional progress of every child I teach. It is essential that I develop a mutual trust and respect with my students, and to create the conditions in which they see themselves as valued, collaborative, and entrusted members of the classroom. I am an intense proponent of consciously creating a community of learners, one where students are eager to learn, cooperatively and autonomously, without worry of negative criticism or fear of failure.
I am committed to supporting the individual strengths and needs of my students. This approach requires obtaining an authentic, holistic knowledge of each learner, in terms of his or her culture, family life, existing schema, interests, learning styles, and levels of readiness. In doing so, it becomes more possible to design instructional practices that will promote continuous achievement for all students.
I believe in using familiar concrete objects or examples, and to make connections to previous student experiences, as a method of facilitating the learning process. This approach becomes more significant when learners are given the opportunity to build upon prior knowledge and gain different perspectives through meaningful interactions with adults and peers.
Teaching students to be conscious of their thinking and learning is an extremely powerful strategy that promotes autonomy and self-determination. I am committed to modeling the behaviors of a critical and strategic thinker as a way of providing my students with the necessary skills to take charge of their own learning.
I am dedicated to the profession of teaching, and consider it an honor and privilege to help children acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to develop as lifelong readers, numerical experts, critical problem solvers, aesthetic thinkers, and advocates for change – to become successful and happy adults.