My teaching philosophy is grounded in the idea of value; teachers valuing students, students valuing themselves, and ultimately students valuing course content as a means to help them progress in their development as individuals. Teachers have a responsibility to make content matter to students by helping them see the worth and pertinence of everything they encounter in school. Teachers also have a responsibility to honor, respect, and care for each student as a developing human being. By helping students see the value of course content through its connection to them, they will be able to see their own value in society by the transitive property. Drawing on the ideas of John Dewey, Bernice McCarthy, and the tenets of Critical Pedagogy, my approach to teaching focuses on helping students see their value in the world through educational content, personal relationships, and human development.