An Personal Statement Of A Teacher 's Goals

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An educational philosophy is a personal statement of a teacher’s goals or belief. A teacher comes to the classroom with a distinctive set of principles and ideals that affect how a student learns and expand the child’s potential in his or her venture into knowledge. I believe that education should actively involve students instead of just revolving around the teacher. The three (3) principles I believe that work harmoniously with my educational philosophy are the teacher acting as a facilitator to foster critical thinking, allowing the child’s natural curiosity to steer his or her learning for personal development, and providing an environment conducive to student learning through active participation. Lisa Delpit, Jean-Jacques Rousseau…show more content…
However, some people may argue that students cannot have a voice in their learning because they do not have the professional training as that of a teacher. In order to facilitate learning, there must be some amount of preconceived knowledge to work with. Children enter a classroom without the knowledge and teachers are meant to “teach” them new knowledge using strict curriculum rather than merely “facilitate” what is not there. Therefore, the teacher is the leader of the classroom and tells students how to think and what to think about. However, despite this criticism, I believe that teaching should be collaborative with students because, in the end, learning is about the student and not the teacher. The second principle in support of educational philosophy is that educators should allow the student’s natural curiosity to steer his or her learning for personal development. I think it is significant that students are given the chance to study subjects that are worthwhile and purposeful to their interests. I believe that developing a curriculum around a student’s interest fosters deep-rooted motivations and stimulates the passion to learn which helps to mold personal development. Children are particularly curious and full of wonder. As an educator, I can harness that natural curiosity within my student and help him or her to learn and grow from those questions. Students can create ideas and set goals when they are given a chance to input that leads
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