My Personal Philosophy of Education
Without education, society as we know it would cease to exist. Formal education is what has made our country and other industrialized nations great. Thus, as a future educator, I anticipate the opportunity to assist in the molding of future generations by imparting essential knowledge.
The famous philosopher and educator, John Dewey, once said, "Education is the process of living through a continuous reconstruction of experience. It is the development of all those capacities in the individual which will enable him to control his environment and fulfill his possibilities." Identifying with Dewey's pragmatist philosophy, I believe that children are ultimately shaped by their environmental experiences and must be taught how to use their knowledge as responsible, productive citizens. The educational process must begin with and emphasize the interests of the students, while focusing on their growth in all aspects of their beings.
As a facilitating instructor, I plan to construct an eclectic blending of a student-centered, yet authoritative, classroom. In this respect, I will take both a demanding and responsive approach to teaching, while still allowing my students to remain actively involved in the learning process. My aim is to increase the motivation of children by providing them with reasonable choices regarding structure and materials. Focusing on problem solving activities, rather than mere rote learning and dogmatic instruction, I shall strive to develop students' abilities to think analytically and creatively. At the same time, however, I hope to improve their social skills by engaging them in real-world activities.
I intend to take an idealistic approach to leadership styles and discipline in the classroom. As a role model for my students, I vow to be an expert in my content area. I will always recognize each of my students as individuals, while making sure that they realize the valuable contributions they have to offer society. Any behavioral problems will be discussed one-on-one with the student in question. Only after multiple offenses, or under certain circumstances, will I seek the advisement of administrators. I also intend to...