Philosophy of Education
For many individuals, choosing a career is one of the hardest decisions to be faced with. The majority of students in college spend their first year stressing about what they are going to do with the rest of their life. I, fortunately, have known since I was in middle school that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. As a future teacher I feel that essentialism and progressivism are going to be my unique philosophies of education.
It is very important to know the nature of your students. I strongly believe that all children can be taught, but not all at the same level. All children have different levels of learning. Some students may be faster learners than others. It is very important, especially …show more content…
It is important to love children when entering the education field. Teachers who do not love children are not only making themselves miserable but they are also depriving students of a good education and mentor. I want my students to respect me as I will respect them. I want to make learning fun for them. I also want them to leave my class with a positive attitude. Most of all I want my students to do their best.
This leads into my behaviorist views of positive reinforcements. This will be a major role for me as the teacher to play. I plan to reward my students everyday. Whether it be for attendance or for turning their work in on time. I will use only positive words with my students in order to encourage them. Rewards, as positive reinforcement will motivate the students to keep trying their best at all times. Being a positive and enthusiastic teacher makes the classroom a very successful learning environment.
There are many methods in teaching. I feel that direct teaching is a very effective method, and I am going to use this method. I think it is important to emphasize basic skills to students. Students must learn basic skills in order to master new material. In direct teaching, teachers maintain control of the classroom. I want to have complete control of my class at all times. I am planning to put my class in straight rows facing me. This will allow me to see everyone in class at all times. It also makes it easier to do things with the
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Education entails individual human development in the cognitive, emotional, creative and social areas. All children are entitled to a free education regardless of race, cultural background or handicaps. For education to be an effective part of the students life, the student and teacher must be actively and enthusiastically involved in learning. A teacher needs to be well prepared and organized. They need to know the perspective goals for each student and ways to achieve these goals. Teachers need to work with students to help them grow and develop ways to use their knowledge.
A famous author once said, “When you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” There is truth in that statement when we look at the nature of humans today. Today’s society is filled with people who are wondering around with no purpose or direction in life. People today are content with this helpless lifestyle and so generation after generation will continue until the society has no leaders. I attribute this directly to the education of these individuals. As a future teacher, I must look at what the nature of students has become, the nature of knowledge, and ask myself why we have public education. In order for me to be an effective educator, I must reevaluate my philosophy
There are quite a few ways to incorporate behaviorism into a classroom. I have observed that in elementary education that many educators use the behaviorism philosophy. The intention of behaviorism is to use positive and negative reinforcement to teach what behavior that is desired or expected in the classroom. I have witnessed that in elementary, complimenting good behavior is pretty effective. Complimenting good behavior is one way of getting students to perform better and to set a standard of behavior that you expect from your students. However, you must be specific with your compliments. I feel as if students can tell a difference
As an educator we all struggle with philosophy and where to go from there once we decide what our set of beliefs are. Once we put our philosophy in place, we then struggle with changing our philosophy. I believe that philosophies can be always changing any given situation and in order for growth as an educator we have to be aware of the situations that can change our philosophy, as well as being true to our core beliefs. However, in order for this to happen we must understand what philosophy is, and what it is not and how it fall in line with ideology and theories. For this assignment, I will compare and contrast philosophy, ideology, and theory.
Teaching technique is also an important factor to maximize students’ learning ability. I will be the boss in my classroom; I will have the final say. There will be specific rules and guidelines for students to follow. There will be order and students that disrupt the class will be punished. Most punishments will be handled in the classroom and will include taking privileges away or assigning oral reports. I do not want to be intimidating, but I do want respect. In return for order and respect I will give my students respect and confidence. I will use any technique possible to encourage them to learn. I will urge students to recommend ways to teach lessons. I want them to play an active role in the decision making process. I believe this will help them identify and understand new material more readily. Through this inclusive interactive relationship, students will feel like they are contributing to their learning experience. I want them to be at ease with myself and their peers. I believe if students are relaxed in the classroom, distractions such as, what they are wearing or how they fit into
I want to become a teacher for three reasons. The first is, I love children of all ages and want to help them in any way that I can. The second is, I want to influence children in a positive way and help them be all they can be, much like some of my teachers did me. Finally, I enjoy the feeling that I receive when a child's face lights up, because they understand something that I am explaining to them. That feeling is enough to make me teach, regardless of the paycheck.
As a young child I always looked forward to family gatherings. I was one of twenty grandchildren on my dad's side of the family, and one in seven on my mom's side, so there were always lots of children around. But it wasn't the children in my own age group or older that I wanted to be around, it was the babies and one's younger than myself that I wanted to spend time with. I decided in middle school, that I would be a teacher. I feel that I can understand children and their needs and have the patience and desire needed to teach.
Becoming a teacher was not something I always knew I wanted. As I approached an age where I really started considering what I would like to do for a career I only knew that I did not want to work in an office behind a desk all day. I wanted a job that would be interactive, challenging and exciting. I also knew I wanted a job that would be important and would somehow contribute to the world in an important way. I thought being a teacher; particularly a teacher in the primary levels would fulfill those hopes and goals assuming I dedicate myself to becoming an effective teacher who has a positive influence on the lives of my students.
According to Queens University of Charlotte, “A teacher who can make learning not only fun, but engaging and memorable, will help establish the value of education in the mind of the student.” Connecting the curriculum to student interests creates motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. One way to take learning in the direction of student interest is to invite student converse about the lessons and units of study. Every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world, therefore, I will help children to develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals and never give up! This belief falls under the progressivism approach. I believe students should be persuade to explore, to
I have an eclectic philosophy of education that I derived from a wide range of pre-existing philosophies. I identify most with the philosophies of essentialism and perennialism. In my opinion, students should have a strong foundation in the core curriculum areas of English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. After all, house built on a weak foundation will not stand. I also prefer the perennialist’s approach of studying the classics like Homer, Shakespeare, Milton etc. Everything in the present is a product of the past, for this reason I feel like the great works of the past still have relevance today.
Educators can become role models to these students along with some of the middle level learners’ peers (Lounsbury, 2009). Teachers can promote positive relationships with their students through respectful interactions both in how they interact with their students and by showing a positive interest in them (Beaty-O’Ferrall & Hanna, 2010). By doing so, the students have been shown to perform better academically as well as socially (Beaty-O’Ferrall & Hanna, 2010). Teachers should get to know their students (Beaty-O’Ferrall & Hanna, 2010). They should build upon what they know about their students in order to establish positive teacher-student relationships (Beaty-O’Ferrall & Hanna, 2010). By building upon what they know and through these relationships that they have built, teachers can become more effective both with regards to their classroom management as well as knowing which teaching methods are needed to best help their students (Beaty-O’Ferrall & Hanna, 2010). Relationship-based teaching does not mean that the teacher treats all of his/her students the same, but rather that each of the students is addressed/approached with a method or strategy that best fits them (Beaty-O’Ferrall & Hanna, 2010). Teachers show respect to their students within this relationship-based teaching method by showing empathy, acknowledging students’ skills and abilities, maintaining control over
My emerging philosophy of education is being moulded and developed through experiences, influential opinions, thoughts and views. In developing my philosophy of education I hope to study the highly acclaimed theories and concepts from well-known educational thinkers like John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Maxine Greene, Ivan Illich, Maxine Greene, Postman and Weingarten. The insights from these well-known philosophers will have a great influence on my journey of becoming a successful educator and especially on my developing philosophy of education. They're key concepts and practices will give me great food for thought in broadening my knowledge on educational practices and theories.
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child” Anonymous