It should also be a place where they learn not only subject matter, but how to love and respect each another. Teaching can be a very hard job, but remains a very rewarding career. With education many things can happen. I want to make a difference in a child’s life and help them realize “I can.” I want to teach children to give all they have no matter how tough things may become or how many times they do not succeed. I want to teach them to love everyone and treat them as you would want to be treated.
I enjoy talking, playing, guiding, and caring for them. I don’t want to stifle their promise for doing well in school and life by forcing developmental growth on them. Rather, I want children to learn by doing what they love—play. I want to facilitate their learning in ways that will both pleasurable and appropriate to their level. I want to be someone they will trust, respect and enjoy.... ... middle of paper ... ...arn appropriate behavior by observing teachers accomplishing a task while demonstrating the self-regulation needed to complete it.
An Educational Philosophy If the best of us will be teachers and the rest something else, then I hope the best of us will also be students. I believe we are all students and I expect I will learn as much from my students as they will learn from me. I hope more than anything though, that my students will value the simple act of obtaining knowledge more than worrying about getting every graded detail correct. If a student cannot enjoy the learning process, they are not going to truly learn the subject content. There are certainly distinct pieces of knowledge that all students need.
It is very interesting to actually be out in the field. This year I have learned of the different teaching methods and many philosophies of education. I have decided that for my future classroom, my philosop... ... middle of paper ... ...I will work towards my master’s right after I obtain my bachelor’s degree or if I will instead work through my master’s while I am teaching. These are decisions that I will be better able to make upon graduation from the bachelor’s program at Concord College.
There are many different ways to run a successful and effective classroom. Numerous people have tried to give me the best advice for making things work, but ultimately it will be my choice to decide what works best for me. By assessing the students' needs, I will be able to provide a curriculum and classroom environment that will hopefully motivate their learning. In assessing my own needs, I can make the proper actions necessary to make sure that those needs are met. Rules and consequences fall under both the needs of the student and the teacher, so those are essential as well.
I have come to the realization that in order for me to truly become a good teacher, I must extend the desires that I possess and include a plethora of ideals and values. Thus, my philosophy of education came into existence, pulling from each of the five main philosophies; essentialism, progressivism, perennialism, existentialism, and behaviorism, forming an eclectic one. To an extensive degree, I would say that I am a strong activist as an essentialist. I believe in... ... middle of paper ... ...ecessity. Behavior should, and in my classroom, will be monitored to a degree in which a student will know what is acceptable and what is unacceptable behavior and will abide by these terms.
Hopefully my life experiences will allow me to become competent in a shorter time span. I am currently studying to teach English and literature for students grades five through twelve. If I am able to obtain the college credits I need, I should be able to reach my goal within two years. Later I may consider returning to class for a masters degree and seek a career teaching on the college level. No matter where my ambitions take me, I am sure my personal teaching philosophy will continue to grow and evolve.
A teacher must have an effective discipline method to keep order in the classroom. The view of behaviorists seems to work in most situations. If positive reinforcement is utilized in the classroom, students will want to do well academically. Punishment often times causes students to rebel against authority. If the teacher rewards students for good behavior, then they will want to be consistent in their behavior they will see that this will benefit them.
They can also use that information to determine the rate of their teaching. Assessments are important because, as teachers, we need to know what difficulties our students have and what needs to be refined for them. While I do believe in assessment and feel that it is one of the key components of teaching, I am more concerned with a child’s process of learning rather than the overall product that comes from it. This is where grades come in for me. Grades determine the students’ level of mastery on a subject, nothing more.
The third thing is that I would like to assist the students in comprehending what they are learning, not just to memorize the material. And, last, I want the students to want to come to school and have the longing to deepen their knowledge. For my students, I expect them to develop an understanding of knowledge. I believe in the principle of progressivism where education should be an on going and productive process. Therefore, I want my students to grasp this concept and always be willing to learn.