Anna Andrena Sylvester
Teacher Trainer - Retreat Leader - Keynote Speaker!
Anna’s philosophy about teaching is influenced by her experience–both as an educator and as a student. She believes that, all things being equal, every student at any age is capable of learning; that teaching has not occurred unless learning has occurred. She shares Kahlil Gibran’s opinion that, “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his [or her] wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind[,]” with the caveat that students have learning styles by which they may be led.
Anna is aware that such a task may appear daunting to many teachers because of the day to day challenges they encounter in the classroom: Some students may be high strung or even scared and distrustful because of turmoil and distress in their homes. In addition, some may have only the limited experience of their own home or cultural environment which leaves them with no frame of reference for understanding new concepts. Teachers, too, may be dealing with their own stress levels as they strive to find a balance between handling disruptive behavior and dispensing theory-based programs and guidelines as approved by school district and state.
In spite of the challenges, Anna believes that the task is honorable, doable and exciting! More so because of her Time to Teach training as a Differentiated Instructional Trainer. She knows that she can provide teachers with exactly what they need, as described by CTE’s Jim Bob: ‘research based, proven, practical strategies and applications that [they] can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom.’
Anna’s passion as an educator is undergirded by her sensitivity to the challenges many students routinely encounter. Her objective is always that students will be facilitated on their journey to the point where their minds become both inquiring and fruitful.