My Educational Philosophy
A question that I have heard from several people in my life ever since the school year started is, "Why do you want to be a teacher?" Originally, I thought I just wanted the summers off. The truth of the matter is, I just want to make a difference in the lives of students. I have had teachers in my life that have pushed me way beyond even my own expectations of myself, and have had a very big influence in my life. I have also had the teachers that just accepted mediocrity, that didn't push the envelope, and those teachers I can honestly say I did not learn anything from. It was one of the influential teachers that prompted my decision to enter the teaching profession. I was in a completely different program of study, heading towards a totally different goal, until one day he looked at me and said, "What are you doing? This isn't you. You have potential to do so much more, and you'll never reach it doing what you are doing." It was this statement that made me sit back and realize that something needed to change. It was that something that led me to the Teacher Education Program at Concord.
Once I started thinking about the reason that I wanted to be a teacher, I realized how incredibly idealistic it sounded. When we discussed educational philosophies in class, and when we went over the idealist, I thought, "that is definitely the philosophy that is geared towards what I want to be and the environment that I want my classroom to have."
My goal as far as what I want when I enter the teaching profession is to be an effective history teacher. I love History, and I believe that my interest in History spurs off of the fact that I had several excellent History teachers in high school that just made it fun to learn History. So many students dislike History because of the way that it is taught. I hope to help students gain insight into History by helping them discover their own history and where they come from. I want them to do family trees and ancestry projects. I hope to have the walls in my classroom to represent different parts of the world and significant moments in history. I plan to arrange my classroom so the seats are arranged in a circular pattern. This is the way that my high school History classes were set up and it was very effective whenever we were having a discussion because we could all look at each other and the teacher was able to better interact with us.
Being an idealist, as I truly believe that I am, my hope is that I will have a non-authoritarian classroom. I hope that I may gain the respect of my students, who will be older, and in return, I can respect them and their individual views. My goal is that we will get along and do our best to achieve objectives that are not only set forth my the schools, but by the students themselves. I am a strong believer in the self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe that if you believe in a student enough, then...