I Want to be a Teacher
When I was in high school, I worked as an aide in an elementary school during one period of the day. When I first began working there, I had second thoughts about choosing education as a career, but then I worked with Michael. One of my tasks was to listen to Michael read everyday and monitor his progress. Michael was a problem child who people tended to turn away from, but I was drawn to him. Michael became something of a project for me. I found that Michael would work very hard on his reading just because he sensed that I was interested in him, and, as a result, his reading began to improve. I rejoiced at Michael’s improvement, but I knew this was his triumph not mine. Michael had allowed me to share this wondrous achievement with him, and at that point, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher.
In my opinion, the main purpose of education is to direct the children’s growth emotionally, socially, and academically. Education helps children emotionally by teaching them to express their feelings through constructive activities rather than through violence; it develops the social skills that they will need to interact with people throughout their lives; and, it gives the basic knowledge and skills that are necessary to function in the adult world. I believe that these three elements work together to make a complete, healthy individual. As a teacher, I will strive to help the individual students develop these skills by including various teaching methods such as cooperative learning and hands-on activities in our everyday routine.
The philosophy of education that I will use in my classroom is eclectic. I agree with the progressivism approach, in that I believe that the world will inevitable change, but that we can manipulate this change if we are educated. I also agree with the progressivists’ viewpoint that group work, social interaction, and experimentation within the classroom is essential to the students’ development. In addition, the essentialism viewpoint fits into my philosophy because it stresses the need for the fundamental...