Philosophy of Education
What is my philosophy of education? For hours I have tried to decide what exactly that is. However after much thought I have not been able to come up with an exact answer. After much consideration I have decided that I have no real philosophy but I have goals that one day I will achieve. Although the goals sound simple I know that they will be difficult to attain.
I have almost always wanted to teach. I grew up in a single parent household and my mother was an elementary school teacher. When I was younger I didn’t really appreciate what my mom was doing for her students. I only liked what it meant for me. I was allowed to leave with my mother at lunchtime and go out to eat, and I always received special privileges like using the principal’s computer. However as years passed I began to see the impact my mother had on students. Peers in high school would always tell me that my mother was their favorite teacher or ...view middle of the document...
I had never thought that photosynthesis or the carbon cycle could be exciting with the proper guidance. One day I hope to be an accumulation of all the qualities I admired in the teachers I respected. It is also through the teachers I admired that I have discovered what type of classroom I plan to run. I believe that students gain so much more from a proper balance of direct teaching, group learning, and special activities designed to enhance understanding like science labs. I also believe that field trips help in the master of subject areas. I know that these activities have always helped my understanding through out my scholastic career. I believe that students should be allowed to voice their opinions, and the classroom should be run the democratic style, even though my voice will reign supreme on most matters.
It is probably apparent from my beliefs that I believe in the progressive philosophy of education. However, I also believe the essentialism is also important in the classroom. I do believe that there is a certain body of knowledge that all students must possess. Certain subjects have areas that I believe are “must knows’. Also students must be allowed to explore on their own what they find interesting, whether it is music, art, drama, or literature. I also like to believe that I will be a fair teacher when it comes to late work, or tardiness. If one day I teach on the college level I plan to understand the need for absences as long as the students realize the need to attend my lectures. All off these coming from the existentialism philosophy of education.
After graduation Concord I plan to follow the same path my mother took. Once earning a bachelors degree I hope to find a job teaching. After I have gained a foothold in the school system I would like to go back to school to earn my masters degree, and perhaps take it farther with a doctorate.
Overall it is my goal to become what I most respect and demand from my teachers now and in the past. I do not think that I will ever be the perfect teacher because first one doesn’t exist and second because there is always someone better. However, I plan to use my previous and future education to build myself and my teaching style to as near to personal perfection that I can.