My Personal Outlook on Elementary Education
I believe that teaching is the single most important aspect of life. Not only is teaching an imperative career, but teaching outside of the profession is very important. People gain knowledge of new things every day and learning is something that continues throughout your whole life, in and out of school. My personal experiences in life have made me want to be a teacher. These influences come from my family and teachers that I have had. My aunt taught elementary school and is now the superintendent of education in our county; my younger sister let me teach her as we were growing up and a combination of these inspired me to pursue a career in education. I had many teachers that made me want to learn, these are people that I have a great deal of respect for. These are people that made me want to teach.
I feel that the nature of students is very diverse. I believe that all children can learn and will learn if they have someone to teach them. The nature of every student will be different and exclusive to that individual. My job as a teacher will be to find the best possible way to relate to each student and motivate the student to want to learn. Each child will learn through a different technique and students and teachers should work together to find the most appropriate technique.
My personal outlook is that knowledge is relative. Knowledge is constructed and reliant on person, place and time. Any child can learn if they are given the opportunity and the tools to do so. Knowledge is relative because a teacher can motivate a student that wasn’t motivated before and that student will want to learn, this is dependent on the person.
The overall purpose of education is to reach every student and make them a better person. Education is vital because it teaches diversity and not only academically molds people into enhanced, well rounded human beings; it helps with human relations and society. This is where the idea of progressivism comes to light. I agree with John Dewey’s theory on education. Education should be based on the needs and interests of students and students should learn from textbooks as well as through field trips and games. Students should learn through experiential learning. I believe one of the best ways to teach is to have students actually do what they are learning, hands on learning is important.
As a teacher I hope to accomplish a great deal. I hope that my students will come into my classroom every day and feel excited. I want to teach students the basic skills and build a foundation that they will need as they further their education. I feel that a successful teacher is one that students can come to with problems, whether these problems are academic or personal. I want to motivate students to be the greatest possible person they can be. I want to help children find subjects they are good at and will enjoy doing. I...