Introduction What is the purpose of education? A question that has been asked for centuries and defined in many ways; each theorist will argue their views on education is unsurpassed, yet it remains a question, that the future of our children depends upon. My personal philosophy of education is to create an environment that allows every child the freedom and ability to discover, create and pursue their interests; ultimately becoming the best they can, for an evolving and unpredictable future. Within this framework, the purpose being to encourage learning through children’s interests, by personalising education for the individual and interlacing subjects to engage and entice learning. While discussing my personal philosophy of education, I will explain the aim of education, consider the role of the teacher and the learner and present effective teaching methods and practices for within the classroom.
I believe that behind every great teacher is a teacher that inspired them to be in the classroom. Merriam Webster defines philosophy as “a set of ideas about how to do something or how to live” and education as “the action of teaching someone, especially in a school, college or university”. Your philosophy of education is just that, your ideas about how to teach. There are no right or wrong answers. Sure, there are more “hirable” answers, but the joy about writing your philosophy of education, is that it gets to evolve and grow with you as you gain experience as an educator. How exciting is that?
As I begin to take my first tentative steps out in the real world of teaching, and no long just purely the theoretical, I find myself focusing more on what I can do for my students rather than just what I am going to be teaching. I think back to the time where I myself was a middle school level student, and find that what I thought I knew then about my teacher truly pales in comparison to the reality that I now face. Teaching is not just about what I know of my about my subject material (although that is important to any teacher,) but it also about making sure that by having a solid understanding of our students we as teachers, can provide for them the best education that is possible. Also, I believe that it is imperative that teachers be able to coordinate and cooperate with one another to make sure that all the needs of our students (both academically and developmentally) are being met.
Personal Philosophy of Education and Learning My philosophy on education and learning is simple; to teach my future students to the best of my ability to achieve academic success. As well as getting to know my students well. Getting to know a little of their background can help make a difference in our teaching career. As a teacher, we care for our student’s educational needs and to achieve a full potential in their learning ability.
My Educational philosophy is defined in becoming a teacher as a set of ideas and beliefs about education that guide the professional behavior of educators. Also included in educational philosophy are one’s beliefs about teaching and learning, students, knowledge and what is worth knowing. My five general purposes for philosophy of education are: to set goals of plan, to teach useful and relevant information, be aware of students learning styles, modeling positive cooperative behavior, to look for solutions and to make sure those solutions are working.
Educational Goals and Philosophies My life has been greatly influenced by family members who are educators: my mother is a third grade teacher, my father an elementary school principal, my sister a high school English teacher, and my brother who obtains a degree in agricultural education. This has instilled in me the desire to become, like them, a good educator but is defiantly not the only reason for my decision to peruse teaching as an occupation. There are several reasons why I have chose to teach, but three in particular: to make a difference in anyone’s life that I can, help a child who is struggling more than just academically, and simply because teaching remains all I have ever wanted to do since I was just a little girl. The area of education that I wish to pursue is that of English education, while also possibly becoming certified in special education. After completing my four year bachelor degree I would like to eventually receive a masters degree in either administration or special education.
Educational Goals and Philosophy How do I feel about teaching? I feel that the most important career an individual could choose would be education. Teachers play an important role in the lives of young children. They help shape and mold the world's future citizen that will run companies, be politicians, doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, construction workers, or whatever they desire.
Educational Goals and Philosophy Most individuals can recall when they were very young saying, “When I grow up, I want to be a . . . ” For some people, over the course of growing up their ambitions changed several times. But for many, they ended up in a career which was a life long desire, goal, or ambition. Today, students must begin to think about their future on a more serious note than that of childhood during the latter part of their middle school years. This is during their eighth grade year usually, which is a year or two younger now than just a few years past.
Educational Goals and Philosophy Webster’s dictionary defines philosophy as the study of the causes and relations of things and ideas or the serene wisdom that comes from calm contemplation of life and the universe. As I write this educational philosophy statement I will look at the relations or nature of students and knowledge, the purpose of public education, what methods I will incorporate in teaching, the curriculum in elementary school, and my professional development plans. When I am through I hope that there is some wisdom in what I have said. I feel that students or children are basically innocent and are shaped by their environment. Most children, I have found, want to feel good about themselves and want to be loved.
...child needs and deserves a secure, caring, and inspiring environment in which to blossom and flourish emotionally, intellectually, socially, and physically. It is my desire as an educator to provide my students with the learning environment necessary to motivate and inspire each and every one of them to become to their fullest potential. For myself, teaching is about giving; giving the students support and security, giving them respect and dignity, giving them opportunities to succeed and a quality education, and not only giving them my time and effort but also giving myself. Our society requires its children to not only receive a solid education, but that they are taught by a highly qualified educator who is sensitive to their individual needs and deeply committed to their success. I am such a person and will always strive to do the very best by my students.