Philosophy of Teaching

  • Teachers must learn to develop meaningful, long-lasting relationships with students, their parents, and the community in order to effectively assist in improving students’ quality of and understanding of life, academic scores and the overall climate of the school.  Teachers must also use pedagogical styles and techniques in the classroom that encourage individual motivation and students to fully engage in the inquiry, learning, and performance processes of education.  


    My classroom is an environment where students are treated in an equitable, empathetic manner and where they have the freedom to learn creatively, practice self-reflection and data analysis, accept responsibility for their role in the learning process, and develop meaningful, lasting relationships with peers and staff.  It is imperative that teachers demonstrate a commitment to meeting the educational and emotional needs (as best possible) of their students, that they communicate with parents and community members, and that they ask for and reflect upon feedback provided by students and other stakeholders to improve upon their practices


    To educate the "modern" student teachers must employ a variety of strategies to engage and motivate.  Teachers are tasked with constructing a positive classroom environment that is inviting, safe, creative, challenging, differentiated, flexible, and supportive.  Through the use of technology I am able to ensure just that.  My classroom is a technology driven, project and product-based classroom.  On a daily basis students complete authentic tasks, performance tasks, research tasks, real-world connection tasks, and culminating tasks to demonstrate their discovery, understanding, and mastery of content knowledge.  Students must be constantly evaluated to ensure continued development during the learning process.  Various differentiated opportunities and multi-cultural experiences are offered throughout my courses.  Students are able to showcase not only their content mastery, but also their creativity and practice their interpersonal skills through group assignments, exercises, and simulations.


Mrs. Crystal J. Crawford

Personal Message

  • #TeacherLife #LoveMyJob #LoveMyKids
    In the years since graduating from college and obtaining my secondary education teaching certificate, I have never doubted my decision to become an educator.  My decision to become an educator was greatly influenced by an internal desire to cultivate the next generation of students’ power to reason and to increase students’ understanding and application of instructional concepts.  


    Despite the effects of the recent “great recession” such as, budgetary shortfalls, furlough days, increased classroom sizes, reduced instructional time with students, and greater professional responsibilities, I, as an educator, have never become discouraged or wavered in my life-mission to provide students with a productive environment where they can gain knowledge, challenge theories and ideas, draw new conclusions, and feel empowered to change the world.  I am pleased to have you in my class!  


Building a Legacy of Excellence


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