Teaching holds a mirror to the soul. Knowing myself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing my students and my subject. We teach who we are. I teach because I have an unquenchable thirst for learning. It is not easy, it is rewarding. I aim my teaching at the individual, the community, and the world. I find no separation with who we are as students in each of these places and put equal importance into these critical areas. As a teacher I make space for the students. I am aware of them and do not rush to fill their silence with my own thoughts. I question…I ponder…I weave their experience into our lessons and their internal thoughts wrap into our classroom discussions. Optimal learning happens when you can connect something new to something old. Everything we encounter contains that intersection, it is just a matter of finding it for each person. I hope to balance teaching to the way the world is and teaching to the way the world should be. With testing throughout the year on the local, state, and national levels it becomes more of a challenge to leave room for the individual in your classroom. However, by integrating across subjects, lessons based with strong content, using themed units, and placing great importance on differentiating instruction I believe the learner will be met. My teaching is not only about technique and content knowledge; my teaching shows my ability to weave a complex web of connections between myself, my subjects, and my students, so that my students can learn to weave a world for themselves.