My Philosophy of Education
As I start to write this paper, I begin to think of the reasons why I want to become a teacher. The most important reason is my love for children. When I was little, I always dreamed about being a teacher and I would always pretend to be teaching a classroom. As I grew older, I knew I wanted to be in a field that involved interaction with people. I soon began to work at a local gymnastics center where I became a coach for children form ages two to seventeen. At my work, even through the bad experiences, I could not help but love and want to help those kids even more. This was a great experience because I discovered how much I wanted to be a part of helping children to learn and succeed. I have a strong desire to see a child accomplish things, learn, and realize that they can do it.
My philosophy of education would have to be pragmatism. One of the things I think is important to learning and growing as an individual would be hands - on learning. I believe this is the glue that holds learning together. It emphasizes experience and group cooperation. Pragmatism allows the children to be more involved in the making of rules and events, but it allows the teacher to have control as well. I want to be eclectic and to be a well - rounded teacher, so idealism comes to mind as well. It encourages the student to be a truth seeker and allows the teacher to challenge the students in learning. John Dewey was a pragmatist and Plato was an idealist.
My classroom will be very inviting and give off a sense of security. I want children, as well as others, who come to my classroom to do so with absolutely no fear. My classroom will be facilitative (democratic). Students will be active in learning and I will facilitate instruction. Seating will be arranged in rows and students will be in pairs. When a hands - on learning or cooperative learning assignment comes along, we will get into a circular arrangement. When doing hands - on learning, I will incorporate it with a lesson that will require discussion and teaching first. I plan to use many different ideas in the way the class is arranged. The bulletin boards will be very colorful and one may include student info, like their pictures, names, birth dates, and interests while the other may be seasonal.
I believe that an effective teacher will use both authoritarian and non - authoritarian instruction, depending on the content and the situation. I would want the kids involved but when discipline arises I would become strict. I plan to be well organized and I plan to present the...