Essay on Teaching Philosophy

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Teaching Philosophy

Education, as well as children, has always been very important to me. My favorite game to play growing up was always “school”. I would recruit my stuffed animals and dolls to be my “students”. Every evening when I got home from school I would spend countless hours making lesson plans, tests, and grading papers for my “students”. Now that I’m all grown up and taking the necessary steps to become an educator, I’m still as excited and enthusiastic about teaching as I was when I was a little girl.

After completing my undergraduate degree in elementary education, I plan to start working on my master’s degree right away. Although I would eventually like to teach education courses at a college or university, I
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I feel that reading is an essential skill to master, therefore I want to get all of my students excited about reading.

Although I am sure the longer I teach the more philosophies of education that I will pull from, the two that compare to my own are Essentialism and Progressivism. These two philosophies of education are often in conflict with one another. From Progressivism I want my students to get hands-on learning experiences. As with the Progressivism approach to education I want my students to have a creative outlet to express themselves, whether it is through art projects or music. Like the Progressivism philosophy, I want my students to not fear change; I want them to welcome it.

Being a child that grew up in the 1980’s most of my schooling was focused on the Essentialist philosophy. After the 1957 launching of the Russian satellite Sputnik, many American schools began implementing math and science over vocational type studies. From growing up with a predominately Essentialist education, I feel that there are certain skills children must master before advancing to the next grade level. Children need to have a good foundation in math, science, and english from early on in their education.

The method of teaching that I hope to use the most frequently in my classroom is cooperative learning. I feel that cooperative learning, if used correctly, is a wonderful way for students to interact with one another. However, this style of
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