As for my future, I hope to become a teacher that is respected and liked. I want to learn from my mistakes and continue to grow and learn. Right now, I do not see myself as going on to receive a masters or anything, but that could always change. The future is hard to decide on but I do know that I want to be a teacher and make a difference in at least one persons life.
I intend to take an idealistic a... ... middle of paper ... ...provement of teaching and learning as well as the creation of reflective practitioners in the classroom. In fact, I look forward to the day when I can begin the national certification process and prove myself a sound and solid educator. Although the most important part of being an educator rests on focusing upon the needs of students when making classroom decisions, moreover, I consider the blend of philosophies which I advocate to be essential aspects of a school's curriculum. I believe that they will not only assist me in shaping the lives of my students when I begin teaching but will also aid me throughout the completion of my academic career. As I work toward a master's degree in the field of special education, after my graduation from Concord College, my educational philosophy will continue to grow.
I predominately agree with the Progessivist theory because it is student centered and perceives students as individuals. I believe that these individual needs should be expressed and accommodated in the classroom. I also feel its important for the educational environment to include a democratic process, where students have a chance to voice their opinions about the material they will learn and the rules that they must follow. I feel that when students help direct their own path, that they gain more respect in the classroom and increase their drive to learn. Another factor I’m akin to about using Progressivism in the classroom is that it is experience-centered and deals with actual problems that students face in life.
I would strictly emphasize that these rules, expectations, and consequences are to create a pleasing and productive learning environment. I would use logical consequences with those students who choose not to follow the rules and expectations, and encouragement and rewards with those students who demonstrate the appropriate behavior. The classroom is a place in which the teacher should take complete responsibility for guiding the students. As the teacher, I feel it is my responsibility to install moral values that will help my students become model citizens who are educated to compete in the world, but in order to do this I would have to set an example for my students. I would like for my instruction and curriculum to be flexible with the different learning styles of my students, so they are all comfortable with the instruction and curriculum.
My personal desire is to be able to not only become a teacher, but to become an effective teacher capable of understanding the needs of my students to better educate them. I want to be able to effectively relate information to them in a way that they will not only understand it, but will be able to apply it later in life. My desire is to motivate students to want to learn and extend their own knowledge base. While this was my primary goal in my original philosophy statement, I have modified and more narrowly defined my philosophical views of learning and teaching as I have gathered more information of the two. My philosophy of education is most closely compatible with that of Essentialism, a school of thought which focuses on the necessity of traditional subjects before any other disciplines.
Essentialism may be the philosophy of teaching that I plan to practice, because I do believe in the back-to-basics approach of teaching. Essentials in the academic process along with the development of the students’ character is extremely important for these students when faced with the real world. It is extremely important that students learn the primary subjects. I do feel certain subjects need to be addressed each and every day to help the students achieve the necessary skills they will re... ... middle of paper ... ... a good educator. This will open up my mind to even more knowledge, which I can transfer to my students and my classroom In conclusion, I would like to state that in my classroom, I would be the one who teaches the core subjects.
Secondly, teachers have to identify the goals and objectives that suit their science students and the expected outcomes of the lessons. The goals set when preparing science teaching plans may be broad in nature, but should at least relate directly to the skills and knowledge that instructors intend to impart to their students. The objectives, unlike goals, need to be specific and should reflect what the teachers want their students to achieve through the tasks they design for them in the learning process. Objectives set in science lessons are usually specific to performance and behavioral in nature (Martin, Sexton, & Franklin, 2009). There are a number of instructional strategies that a teacher can use to support effective learning among students, especially when they are learning in groups.
I will use my knowledge of real life experiences in the subject area I will teach. To me the overall purpose of education is to get win the battle with getting the students to be motivated in doing their best in school. For the students to develop an interest in a subject to learn it well and the primary source of that interest comes from the enthusiasm of the teacher. I believe that my passion for teaching will allow me to motivate my students to learn any difficult material. I will model this attitude by learning from my students in the classroom, showing that they have things to teach me.
Along with constructivism, the theory of discovery learning, from Piaget, Bruner, and Papert, is a theory I utilize in my teaching. For students with special needs, discovery learning provides an adequate learning environment in the general education setting. I believe that when students discover and create knowledge for themselves, it makes the learning so much more meaningful. To differentiate my teaching, I find the learning style that will ensure my students are most successful and incorporate them into my lessons. I give my students access to the information in more than one way, for example, if we are doing a lesson that is very verbal and interpersonal, I will also provide the information in a video for my students who are more visual learners.
Philosophy At this point in my study in education, I have become accustomed to the educational Philosophies of essentialism and social reconstruction. I tend to lean toward essentialism more, because I think there needs to be more emphasis placed on reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. I have an interest in social reconstruction, because I feel students need to be encouraged to address and maybe even attempt to help solve social problems. I strongly feel this Philosophy is dependent on the grade level of the students. I want to become an educator, because I love to teach things to other people.