Dr. Michelle Post teaches in both corporate settings and academia on a variety of subjects that include leadership, organizational development, human resource development, marketing, generational studies, social media, and technology in education.
My philosophy revolves around the fact that I see myself as a servant teacher who is learner-centered. I believe all students have incredible potential, and it is my job as a teacher to aid them in releasing their potential through the subject matter I am teaching. I say I am a servant teacher because I am a servant leader and believe the more I serve and lift those around me, the more I am lifted up to becoming a better teacher and leader. I am learner-centered because education is about the learner, not the educator. It is my responsibility to create and deliver fresh information with every class period to ensure that the learners are getting the best I can deliver.
My faith also teaches me that those who take on the responsibility of teaching will be judged twice as hard. I take that seriously and know it is not only the students to whom I am answering.
To be a good teacher, I believe one must love the students, just as to be a good leader, one must love people. I refer to both ‘teacher’ and ‘leader’ in my philosophy for I believe I cannot be one without the other. As a teacher, I am required to lead those that I teach and aid them into performing at their best, so that they leave the classroom with new knowledge that can be applied to new experiences. When I stand in front of a class of learners, I have to realize it is not only about how much I know, but also about what I do not know but am willing to learn. I want the message to be crystal clear: everyone has room to grow.
I am honest and upfront with the students I have the privilege of teaching. I teach them that each of us has a part in this relationship, and we can be successful only if both of us do our part. Teaching is not just about the material; it is also about the relationships built with the students; the life lessons incorporated within the material; and the model my classroom is creating–to show students the world is not going to change for them, but they are to change the world. I teach them in the words of Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
I believe students respond when they realize how much their teachers care, not just how much they know. Borrowing the words of President Theodore Roosevelt, “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
I do care about teaching, but more importantly, I care about students. To me teaching is a double-edge sword of gratification and frustration. When I do not reach a student, I become frustrated and may be tempted to tell myself that I cannot reach them all. However, when I do reach a student, it is a great achievement for both of us.