My Philosophy of Education
My philosophy is based on progressivism, a student-centered philosophy. Progressivism is based around real world experiences. It allows students curiosities to be tested and answers the concerns they may have about the world around them. Curriculum is based on life's experiences and students experimenting to get the right answer. Books are used to enhance the world but are not the main source of information.
John Dewey, a reformer of progressivism, believed that education was an opportunity to apply previous experiences in new ways. he also believed that students facing the world around them should be able to master the scientific method. Students learn better through experiences then by reading the Great Books. These are some of the reasons I chose progressivism as the philosophy to base my own philosophy on.
I believe a school should be centered on what children need. It should offer stability and be a safe place for students to come and learn and participate in activities that will prepare them for their future. It should be a place filled with materials that students can use on their own. The materials should be fully supplied and at the level of a students reach. The room should be friendly and inviting. The walls should be covered with words of wisdom, colorful and bright. Pictures should be at eye level allowing easy access for students to see. The desks should be arranged in groups but angled so that each student can see the board. The board should contain a list of the work that is to be completed in class and what should be completed for homework. Along the wall there should be computers at students level for easy access. The programs contained on the computers need to be geared toward each students level of learning. The programs should be arranged to go along with the lesson plans and the level of learning that the class is at. They should always be up to date with the latest technology. The programs should be designed so that students with no computer knowledge will be able to navigate and use the system without much assistance from the teacher. They need to feel that they are accomplishing the stages of each program on their own, so that they will have confidence to continue using computers.
I believe that education is the key to the future. What a student is taught in school prepares him or her for the world. Being educated opens up a variety of options in life. If students get the right information in school, then when it is time for a career, they will be able to succeed in whatever they choose. My goal as an elementary teacher is to set a good foundation for the students in their scholastic career, so that they will have the desire to further their education through college to obtain the needed knowledge for a profitable career.
I believe that the best way to be educated is to experiment and figure things out for oneself. Education is not to be used as a way to...