Educational Philosophy. By: Asha Mckenzie. "Do What You

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Educational Philosophy By: Asha McKenzie "Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life!" It was in 2005 at a conference for high school seniors, that I made a very salient choice. The speaker made a declaration that has replayed in the depths of my mind every day since; his words were simple, "Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life." It was these words that prompted my forward-looking and inward searching. My fifteen year old self, began questioning my purpose in life. I pondered, often asking myself soul searching questions. Why has God placed you on this earth? How can you leave a lasting mark on this earth even after your demise? I thought, there are enough people in this world who…show more content…
I also agree that students construct their own knowledge. I can think of numerous occasions when I had to prepare lessons to teach my classmates, or times when my colleagues and I were placed into think-pair-share groups, I can still remember the information that was taught or shared. This is because I constructed my own knowledge. When students construct their own knowledge through Constructivist Learning, students become "expert learners." Learning is an interactive process that should be an enjoyable experience for students. Through direct teaching and an allowance for spontaneity, the learning process is well balanced. Friedrich Froebel also proposed very genius ways that children learn; through play. This is a very brilliant observation, for children acquire lifelong social skills through play. Hence, I follow John Dewey’s method of teaching which states that children learn through doing. How we retain. . . a . We retain 10 % of what we read. b. We retain 20 % of what we hear. c. We retain 30 % of what we see. d. We retain 50 % of what we see and hear. e. We retain 70 % of what we say. Ultimately, I believe that children should have constant opportunities in the classroom to creatively express themselves. As Maria Montessori posits, "The child is a spiritual embryo." This legendary theorist 's notion states that the growing human being is not simply a biological or psychological entity,

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