Teaching Philosophy, Dr. William Allan Kritsonis

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Teaching Philosophy, Dr. William Allan Kritsonis

Dr. Kritsonis Recognized as Distinguished Alumnus

In 2004, Dr. William Allan Kritsonis was recognized as the Central Washington University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Education and Professional Studies. Dr. Kritsonis was nominated by alumni, former students, friends, faculty, and staff. Final selection was made by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Recipients are CWU graduates of 20 years or more and are recognized for achievement in their professional field and have made a positive contribution to society. For the second consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report placed Central Washington University among the top elite public institutions in the west. CWU was 12th on the list in the 2006 On-Line Education of “America’s Best Colleges.”

Educational Background

Dr. William Allan Kritsonis earned his BA in 1969 from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington. In 1971, he earned his M.Ed. from Seattle Pacific University. In 1976, he earned his PhD from the University of Iowa. In 1981, he was a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and in 1987 was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

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  • 1. Teaching Philosophy William Allan Kritsonis, PhD Professor PhD Program in Educational Leadership Hall of Honor (2008) William H. Parker Leadership Academy The Whitlowe R. Green College of Education Prairie View A&M University Member of the Texas A&M University System Prairie View, Texas Visiting Lecturer (2005) Oxford Round Table University of Oxford, Oxford, England Distinguished Alumnus (2004) College of Education and Professional Studies Central Washington University Introduction “Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” -Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965) My teaching philosophy emphasizes the importance of integrity, collaborating, communicating, empowering others, and the importance of passion in leading people. I strive to help learners accept ownership and responsibility for their learning. Learners must see a teacher of integrity, who exhibits self-awareness and appreciates the importance of collaboration and communication. I have developed belief statements that reflect my philosophy of teaching. Number One: I believe in teaching with integrity. I believe that all stakeholders should trust and believe that their teachers will make decisions in the best interest of learners. People should know that the teacher stands by what they say and can be counted on to deliver. I believe integrity builds trust, a must for a successful teacher. The teacher displays integrity, develops credibility, and by doing so builds a solid reputation. Number Two: I believe in collaborating. Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” I believe a teacher is guided by a vision that drives the mission, goals, and objectives of an organization. I believe that by working together, the vision for all aspects of schooling will be accomplished. I believe a teacher’s primary responsibility is to collaboratively work with individuals, listen to them and
  • 2. learn from them. I believe a collaborative teacher exhibits high self esteem and is continuously seeking new ideas from others and enjoys giving credit where credit is due. Number Three: I believe in developing individuals. I believe a teacher helps to cultivate those within the school systems by building trust and improving teamwork through collaboration and personal involvement. I believe the teacher makes decisions by developing a sense of community and maintaining a commitment to the growth of individuals. Caring for people, encouraging them, and valuing their opinions contribute to teaching and organizational goals being realized. According to John Maxwell, “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Number Four: I believe in communicating. I believe a teacher must have strong communication skills. Communication can be defined as transforming an idea from one brain to another. Effective communication requires articulation of ideas and active listening. Mac Anderson, founder of Successories, says “The great leader truly understands that effective communication is the key that unlocks the door to trust.” I believe that teachers can exhibit leadership by developing trust in working with students and building upon relationships within the organization. Number Five: I believe in empowering others. Theodore Roosevelt best described the concept of empowerment as follows: “The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self- restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” I believe that a teacher develops individuals through empowerment which in turn makes the schooling enterprise stronger. A teacher must trust the students with the creativity and intellect to carry out the assigned learning tasks. Through empowerment, students grow both professionally and personally, which is critical for life long learning. Number Six: I believe in passion. A teacher must be passionate about teaching. Passion, like a smile, is contagious. I believe teachers must articulate visions, goals, and strategies. I believe teachers influence the enthusiasm of students under their charge. I believe a teacher must exhibit passion for the pursuit of excellence. Zig Ziglar says, “Go as far as you can go. When you get there, you can always see farther.” “You get the best efforts from others not be lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within”. -Ben Nelson .
  • 3. Number Seven: The Keys to a Life Well Lived Finally, I believe a teacher takes care of those they love and letting them know they are loved. This involves determination, self-discipline, and active attention to developing and refining a conscience to whose promptings you can respond. I believe the teacher honors the profession. I believe the teacher is dedicated to his calling by trying to do honorable work. I believe the teacher is willing to master the ethics of the profession. I believe the teacher must show enthusiasm and enjoy life. “Enjoy life, it’s ungrateful not to,” said Ronald Reagan. Source: The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, June 21 – 22, 2008, A9. Peggy Noonan – A Life’s Lesson. References Anderson, M. (2005). The essence of leadership. Naperville, IL: Simple Truths. Anderson, M. (2007). You can't send a duck to eagle school: And other simple truths of leadership. Naperville, IL: Simple Truths. Anderson, M., & Feltenstein, T. (2007). Change is good...you go first: 21 ways to inspire change. Naperville, IL: Simple Truths. Anderson, P. (2007). Great quotes from great leaders. Naperville, IL: Simple Truths. The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, June 21 – 22, 2008, A9. Peggy Noonan – A Life’s Lesson.