Philosophy of Education
Length: 820 words (2.3 double-spaced pages)
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I have thought several times over what my philosophy towards teaching is, or quite frankly, will be as I learn more about the teaching profession and eventually begin teaching on my own. While I have already been teaching swim lessons for the past five years and presently hold the position of assistant football coach at Bluefield Middle School, I can say that my hat goes off to anyone possessing the patience and expertise to stand before a classroom or gymnasium of students and have the confidence to pass their knowledge on to that group of students. On the other hand, I have an equal level of disgust for those "oxygen thieves" that merely roll out a basketball and read the paper while the whole time claim to be teaching. These teachers, a term I use loosely, have taught nothing. They have at no point attempted to communicate with their students the importance of taking care of their bodies and learning the essential movements that will provide them the opportunity to be active for a lifetime. With that in mind, it our responsibility as Health and Physical Educators to provide that knowledge, instill that importance and to never allow a child to fall through the cracks, but rather to make a lasting impression on the lives we teach.
It is my firm belief that our duties begin in the way we present ourselves. I look back at my experiences growing up and compare them to what I have learned. It amazes me that someone on the opposite end of healthy can try to teach others how to be healthy. The solution lies with credibility. We must evoke fitness and encourage that concept in our own lives before we should ever think to influence the life and well-being of children who see teachers as role models. How can we expect our students to accomplish something that we are not willing to pursue? We must challenge our student’s everyday by setting high, but realistic goals for those under our instruction. Why would you give a student a starting line without defining a place to finish and leave them with a sense of accomplishment?
This is the impression we must leave.
Many ideas come to mind when I think of the kind of teacher I want to be. I often wonder how a child can learn to dribble without a ball or how a child learn to swing without a bat. These are things that I was accustomed to growing up and probably why physical educators have the reputation they do. The only way a child can learn and improve upon basic skills and movements is to practice. This leads me to say that my ideal facility will provide each student with the proper piece of equipment as well as a safe environment in which to practice. Also, team sports involving competition will not be the focus, but rather activities that my students can participate in twenty years from now. I thought that there were only three sports when I was a child. I now see that I was cheated and that someone was paid for a job they were not doing.
We must set high standards not only for our students, but for ourselves as well. If we stop learning, how can we continue to teach? In order for us to teach up-to-date material, we must know the up-to-date material. To find this knowledge, it is paramount that we become acquainted with the Health/Physical Education community by subscribing to journal and belonging to organizations that will enhance our skills, keep us current, and make us better teachers.
In physical education, we cannot expect to change the world on our own. Parents are the first link to accomplishing anything with a child. Too often parents are blind regarding the progress of their child in Physical Education. I believe that a child will progress much more rapidly if the things he learns at school become part of the family. This will not only help the child to be more active, but I can see an entire family being healthier by simply helping their child with homework in Physical Education. With regard to the community as a whole and its possible effect on P.E., I would try to challenge the community by donating any equipment that would have otherwise ended up in a yard sale. In most school systems that I have seen, the P.E. Department gets little or no funding, supporting the need for community involvement. This effort could be enhanced even further with the use of fund raisers and others activities to ensure that the best opportunities for improvement are provided
In conclusion, we must not allow ourselves to become lazy. If we become careless, so will our students. If we do not set goals for ourselves as individuals, then we would contradict ourselves to expect the same of our students.