My Personal Philosophy of Education
When I came to college, I debated on a major, trying to find a career that would be satisfying to me. After much pondering, I decided that education is the right path for me. I now find that not only do I think it is the right career, but I have a passion for helping children succeed.
Education is a very important part of today's society. Teaching is a way to make society a better place for today's generation and our children. Teaching may not seem like a very important career to some people, but when I think back to some of my own teachers, I realize what an important part they played in my life.
Many people have the desire to be a teacher from the time they are children. Others figure out their destiny much later. I started out wanting to be a forester. Forestry is something that always fascinated me, but after giving that a shot, I realized that it wasn't something for me to spend the rest of my life doing. After forestry fell through, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to be. I thought about my two favorite teachers from high school. Mrs. Patterson, my math teacher, and Mr. Brown, my science teacher, had both told me I'd make a good teacher because I could get things across to students that had trouble understanding. Mrs. Patterson chose me as a tutor for her upper level math courses because I knew the classes well and could sometimes teach things to students clearer than she could. Mr. Brown once told me that I never seized to amaze him and that I would impact peoples lives in a positive way. After the two of them talked about my tutoring, Mr. Brown started calling me Mr. Reichard instead of Dwayne. He said I should be treated as one of them, and they were addressed as Mr. or Mrs., I should be as well.
I hope I can be a good educator as well as a role model, like these teachers were for me. A good teacher doesn't only teach the curriculum, but he or she also teaches children about life and social skills. A classroom should make children feel emotionally stable, because not all of them have that at home. A good teacher laughs with their students, but knows when discipline is necessary. Children need good teachers, and I intend on being one.
Since all children have different styles of learning, I believe in incorporating different styles of teaching into the curriculum. If a teacher does this, all children have the advantage. For...