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At the beginning of my teaching career I had a great deal of knowledge. I knew the educational jargon and also the preferred teaching approaches, but what I lacked was the intellect to effectively use my knowledge. For me, teaching is an ongoing quest to obtain the knowledge required to help my students learn. Sometimes this wisdom is obvious since I use the "golden children," the kids destined for success. But more often than not, it has come from the "problem kids," those unmotivated, hostile and obstinate children who dare me to instruct them. It is the "problem students" that get the credit for making me a better instructor. They are those that induce me to look for the wisdom necessary for achievement. They are the ones that challenge me are the best I can be, and they are those that give me my biggest satisfaction as a teacher. With the help of these students I have created the 3 basic principles that form the cornerstone of my teaching philosophy. (1) Believe in your self - believe in your vision- Teaching is tough. Students encounter classrooms totally unprepared to learn. Parents aren't ideal, and culture has completely unrealistic expectations for teachers. These are but some of the claws that may be utilised to construct a schoolhouse of failure. It's too easy to use these problems as excuses for failure. I think I have the capacity to conquer these issues. In my classroom I am the most essential factor in the failure or success of my students. I can't overcome what I cannot control. When I blame the parents , I give away my control since I can't alter the parents. If I blame society, I give away my control because I cannot change society. When I take the responsibility, I keep control since I can change wha...