Hello Fellow Educators,
I hope this site will give you some insight into the dedication and passion I have for teaching. Soon I will be updating this page to reflect my role as an Assistant Principal at Brooklyn High School of the Arts. I look forward to your feedback. Please feel free to contact me by email anytime. Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, June 5, 2011
English philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote that education is “one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.” As a Social Studies educator, it is my job to ensure that students never buy into Russell’s pessimistic philosophy. I believe that we have the ability to discredit such negative viewpoints. Simply put, my philosophy of education grows from the seed of one simple idea- all students can learn and excel. The teacher’s role is to model the behaviors of a passionate lifelong learner and to serve as an advocate for the development of young scholars into well-rounded individuals. Through a rigorous curriculum, rooted in constructivist, progressive education, we have the ability to contribute to the growth of students into critical and creative thinkers who will be the leaders of the future.
Every lesson I teach begins with a motivational “hook” designed to give personal meaning to that day’s project. By facilitating a student-centered environment that fosters collaboration, higher-level thinking, and hands on learning, I believe I instill a sense of passion and connectedness to the material. By constructing individually differentiated lessons that integrate multiculturalism and offer solid scaffolding, it is possible to create an atmosphere of guided discovery that empowers students and builds self-confidence. Creating this kind of healthy academic environment requires a humanistic approach. I believe it is essential to get to know the student as a whole person in order to make learning more meaningful. Careful consideration of student academic data, curiosity about students’ interests, and collaboration with other teachers is essential to acquiring the tools to create personalized learning and assessment.
As a student of theatre as well as history, I have found that entertainment can also be a key to creating strong connections to the material. Multimedia sources, role-playing, and hands on technology, have been critical tools in keeping students engaged and excited. By promoting an enthusiasm for learning, and always modeling a positive attitude, I believe that the skills students develop in my classroom will give them access to unlimited opportunities in the future. In my classroom, students are encouraged to take intellectual risks and expand their limits. I tell my students not to wait to be the leaders of tomorrow, but to begin showing leadership today. Setting high standards for my students and myself, my goal is to be a key resource and guide for the next generation of critical and imaginative thinkers.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
To Whom It May Concern:
As an educator at Brooklyn High School of the Arts, I have had the pleasure of knowing Frank Proudfoot for the past two years. Frank has been an incredible asset to our school community as he has evolved into an intellectual and well-developed teacher who responds to students’ needs through the use of data analysis, differentiated instruction and an ambitious personality. I would like to take this opportunity to recommend him for a full time teaching position in your school.
I am proud to say that I have been witness to the development of an exceptional teacher and person in Frank who has maximized his time here by exceeding the expectations of your typical student teacher. In conjunction with providing high quality lesson plans, he has collaborated with staff members to analyze student data in order to respond to students’ strengths and weaknesses. Frank has assessed data trends and utilized proficiency in benchmarks to guide his instruction. His lessons have been centralized around Common Core Standards so that students in his classes are practicing skills in preparation for college readiness. Each lesson is carefully scaffolded and challenges students through the use of Bloom’s higher-level questioning tactics. He encompasses attributes that would be a perfect fit within any school community, particularly his eagerness to augment the quality of his practices and implementing proven differentiated strategies. Due to his extroverted personality and innate leadership skills within the classroom, his students have been motivated to learn new concepts and competencies.
It is these reasons that I offer high recommendations for Frank without reservation. He possesses the characteristics of a life-long learner and his curiosity for new knowledge is second to none. What sets him apart from others is his genuine concern for all students whether they are in his class or not. If you have any questions regarding this recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me.