Grace A. McDaniel

Grace A. McDaniel

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Education

Academic Degrees
Ph.D. Candidate The Ohio State University Present
College of Teaching and Learning
Areas of Study:  Early Childhood Education, Multicultural Education, Teacher Education
M.A. The Ohio State University 1987
College of Education Policy and Leadership
B.S. Capital University 1983
Elementary Education (1-8)

Curriculum Vita

File Attachments:
  1. VITA 2008-09.doc VITA 2008-09.doc

Contact Information

Roush Hall Room 442
614-823-1789
GMcDaniel@otterbein.edu

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching as an Art

Teaching is commonly referred to as an art.  Those teachers who can; bring their students to new levels of academic achievement, challenge them in ways that causes the students to critically examine themselves, become critical and higher-level thinkers, engage their students in a level of learning that is liberating, provide an environment in which learning is valued and diversity of thought is affirmed, and have a genuine concern for the individual student, are truly teachers who have mastered the craft, the art of teaching. 

Personal Aspirations for Teaching

While in many cases, I consider good teaching to be good teaching.  I have make great efforts to bring my students to a level of learning that moves them beyond the view of teaching as a simple, uncreative, banking system of learning process (put into students what you want them to learn).  I strive to engage my students in a process of learning that will encourage them to think more critically about their practice and produce more quality educational experiences for their students.  When I consider my responsibility as a teacher, I give serious thought to the educational experiences that I want my students to encounter.   Students enter a classroom that:

Ø     fosters an engaging pedagogy;

Ø      centers around cooperative learning;

Ø     practices critical pedagogy;

Ø     encourages students to reach new heights in their learning and teaching through challenging expectations,

Ø     places emphasis on culturally relevant teaching (presenting material that in a manner that is culturally relevant for the Otterbein student);

Ø     integrates and provides students with innovative lessons; and

Ø     affirms the individual.

As an educator, it is critical that I also learn from my students.  So often, students enter my classroom with a “tell me what you want me to know” attitude and “please don’t make me think” mind-set.  However, much to their surprise, they are presented with theory and methodological practices in a way that truly causes them to think and begin to engage in the learning experience.  If we are truly about transforming the education children are receiving in the classroom I believe that I must present my students [Otterbein students] with a learning experience that directly places them in a classroom environment that is an example of teaching as an art, teaching as a liberating experience.  I must be in tune with my students in order to begin to implement a form of theory into practice that is meaningful for the student.  I want them to leave my classroom with an enthusiasm for teaching and learning that will be infectous in their classroom.  I want to teach and prepare teachers in a way that is reflective of a changing world.  With a more complex understanding of meaningful teaching and learning, higher expectations, increased knowledge, and a greater sense of the individual student, I [teachers] can begin to guide classroom experiences that will lead to student learning.  I expect to provide students with a learning experience that they enable them to embrace their own teaching as an art form.

Disclaimer

The views and opinions expressed in this website are those of the author.  The contents of this site have not been reviewed or approved by Otterbein College.
Author: Grace McDaniel
Last modified: 3/16/2009 3:16 PM (EDT)