John Dewey Reflection Paper

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Dewey predicted that “if we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” (John Dewey, 1944). This made great sense to me while I was doing my observation period in January 2015. During this period I observed that every teacher has a different learning and teaching philosophy, therefore I would like to describe my own teaching and learning philosophy and by whom I was influenced. In my discussion I will elaborate on the philosopher: John Dewey with his philosophy: “Progressivism” and other philosophers: Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky with their philosophy: “Constructivism”. I am also going to elaborate on my ideas on teaching, learning and the children of the future in my class together with how Dewey,
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At first I did not even think about becoming a teacher as for me it seemed to be a lot of work. I’ve never seen myself as one, yet I still enrolled in this course. I really do like helping people and going to a school earlier in this year made me realise that I am in the right course, because simply by just standing in the class and explaining an activity and their reaction to understanding it, brought great pleasure and warmth to me. It was also amazing to me how some of them can transform from not knowing how to do it to knowing how to – this is one of the many reasons why I want to become a teacher – to make and be that difference that they…show more content…
The individual is actively involved in the process of thinking and learning. Vygotsky together with Dewey came to the conclusion that learners/individuals connects new information/knowledge with already existing knowledge. In constructivism the learner is important and it is not teacher centred. Learners construct knowledge and their understanding, asking themselves questions and interpreting their views followed by their interaction with their environment and reflecting on context relevant to their learning will help them to understand the information better. According
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