Philosophy of Education
For many individuals, choosing a career is one of the hardest decisions to be faced with. The majority of students in college spend their first year stressing about what they are going to do with the rest of their life. I, fortunately, have known since I was in middle school that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. As a future teacher I feel that essentialism and progressivism are going to be my unique philosophies of education.
It is very important to know the nature of your students. I strongly believe that all children can be taught, but not all at the same level. All children have different levels of learning. Some students may be faster learners than others. It is very important, especially as an elementary teacher, to understand that subjects have to be taught at different levels according to the ability of each individual student. I realize that I am going to have to teach material at several different levels and spend more time on certain subjects with certain individuals.
The overall purpose of education is to better society. Without education society would be deprived of all new technology that many people today cannot live without. There would be a decrease in career choices. Education is very important in life. Without educators there would not be any jobs in the world today. As a future educator I plan to give back to society what I have received from my experience in school. I hope that I influence my students as much as some of my teachers have influenced me. I want my students to be able to trust me and to tell me whatever the want. I feel that it is important to treat all children equally. I want to increase self-esteem in all of my students and not decrease it. It is very unprofessional to play "favorites" and it decreases the other students self esteem. I love everything about children. It is important to love children when entering the education field. Teachers who do not love children are not only making themselves miserable but they are also depriving students of a good education and mentor. I want my students to respect me as I will respect them. I want to make learning fun for them. I also want them to leave my class with a positive attitude. Most of all I want my students to do their best.
This leads into my behaviorist views of positive reinforcements. This will be a major role for me as the teacher to play. I plan to reward my students everyday. Whether it be for attendance or for turning their work in on time. I will use only positive words with my students in order to encourage them. Rewards, as positive reinforcement will motivate the students to keep trying their best at all times. Being a positive and enthusiastic teacher makes the classroom a very successful learning environment.
There are many methods in teaching. I feel that direct teaching is a very effective method, and I am going to use this method. I think it is important to emphasize basic skills to...