•          My pedagogical vision is to be patient and listen to my students.  As modern times rush children, I allow them the calm space in which they can feel comfortable and confident in themselves as they learn.  As a teacher I use strategies that help the students feel that their classroom is a safe enclave from which to participate no matter their place along the shy/gregarious spectrum, since I believe that children are more confident when they are in a safe and supportive environment.  I foster an atmosphere which, to borrow from Walt Whitman, allows students to lean but not loaf when they need a more relaxed pace for comprehension or thoughtful response; then the ambition of individual progression can find a start. I present a curriculum that is not only multi-ethnic, but is original in the historic persons we analyze (I will treat each seat as if a thousand ancestors are hunkered down beside every child).  I give concentrated listening to each student, with particular focus on students’ non-verbal communication.  As a teacher I create a tiny universe of purposeful serenity, in which my patience helps students develop language and life skills.