Stoicteacher is a philosophy/education blog where teachers, philosophers, or the generally curious can come to read and discover new material to provoke thought and discussion.
As a Canadian secondary school teacher my attitude towards teaching has largely been a result of working in an alternative education setting where student learning about both life and course material take precedence over hierarchical forms of control that places teacher above student. That being said, I have learned a lot during the past few years working in the United Kingdom in terms of my day-to-day practice and planning.
My choice to become a teacher was based on several factors: Like most teachers, I had a series of amazing teachers myself who not only taught me, but inspired me as well. If I’m honest, I’ve also pursued this path to become a teacher for selfish reasons in that I love learning and this is one job that will pay me to continue to learn and grow. Finally, I’ve become a teacher because I think that this is truly one of the most powerful professions an individual can undertake as most of us in this world spend time learning from others and without this profession we would be stuck in the dark ages. We (as teachers) have the opportunity to educate, inspire, and develop young boys and girls into the types of people they wish to be and I believe that is the truly powerful thing about this profession.
Philosophically speaking, I consider myself a Stoic and have drawn inspiration from thinkers like Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Rousseau. When not considering matters of education, I often write small articles about Stoicism and various other philosophical topics. I have been lucky enough to have some of these pieces published in Stoicism Today as well as York University Press. Most of these works are also featured on this blog.
This blog was originally a term long project for an education class that I was taking, but has now been changed to be a place where I can share a variety of teaching media and some of my own work.