Philosophy of Education
Relating my reasons for becoming a teacher was not a very difficult task for me; to accomplish this task I simply needed to reflect upon and describe some of my own personal experiences. I relied basically upon my memories and thoughts about my own educational experiences. However, describing my philosophy of education was much more difficult task for me to accomplish. First of all, before I could properly describe my philosophy, I realized I needed a working definition of the concept of philosophy. My search for this working definition of the term philosophy led to further research which provided further insight into viewpoints of various well-known philosophers; some of whom we discussed in class.
Therefore, the purpose of my research became twofold, the first purpose was to obtain a working definition of the concept of philosophy. The second purpose was to become more familiar with some of the ideas of a few well known philosophers which would help me compare my own lines of thinking with some of their viewpoints and help me conceptualize my own philosophy of teaching.
As I stated before, my reasons for becoming a teacher were easy to identify and describe. First of all, I have always very much enjoyed being around children of all ages and view teaching as the profession that will allow me to do something I truly enjoy. Secondly, I also strongly feel that in order to successfully teach in any discipline, one must be interested in, and be proficient in, the content of the discipline. Therefore, I chose the field of physical education primarily because of my lifelong interest in physical activities of all kinds and also because of my personal successes in the sport of basketball.
I became interested in basketball at a very early age and have participated in some form of the sport since I began elementary school. Down through the years as I played basketball, I had many different coaches and I can easily describe these coaches by placing them within two broad categories.
In the first category were the true teacher/coaches and in the second were the true sports enthusiast/coaches. The differences between these two categories of coaches were easy for me to identify and, to now describe. The coaches who were true teacher/coaches sometimes were not certified to teach professionally, but their personalities and styles of coaching were what identified them to me as true teacher/coaches. The true teacher/coaches were not only interested in how well I performed on the basketball court; they were interested in me as whole person. They strongly emphasized the importance of academics and always encouraged me to do well academically, and also to develop my other talents. These true teacher/coaches greatly influenced and will continue to influence my decision to become a teacher. I will strive to model myself as a teacher after some of these true teacher/coaches that...