My educational philosophy is a combination of progressivism and existentialism. As a history teacher I believe that it is my responsibility to inspire my students to be active members of society. I like to empower my students to make choices on their own behalf. I also believe that students can make their own path through life once they learn to realize how precious this life is. The following strategies are used in my class to build a community. Building a community creates an environment where learning can happen. Environments where learning occurs teaches lesson that last a life time. Positive, inspirational classrooms also limit the oppertunity students with "abilities" have to misbehave. In order to be the best teacher that I can be, I have listed some strategies that I use throughout my class that elaborate on how I plan to communicate these expectations to students.