Philosophy of Teaching
I started my college career heading towards a degree in child psychology, law, or orthodontics. In all of these professions children are heavily involved and I knew I wanted to be around children. Then I decided to change my major to teaching, which combines aspects of many professions, and is completely child oriented. The main reasons that I want to become a teacher are not for the money or the power of the classroom. I want to become a teacher because of children’s lack of enthusiasm to learn, poor guidance, and bad role models. So many children in today’s society have these bad qualities either within themselves or they are obtained at home. Many children do not get the attention they need to make them want to learn, or the guidance and role models to teach them how to live daily life, much less to look into the future. Through constructive criticism, reward and punishment systems, and critical thinking skills, I wish to instill knowledge and passion for learning. By being a positive role model I hope I can guide my students in the right direction.
I feel there is more to teaching than simply standing in front of a classroom and writing on the chalkboard. There should also be more than just teaching the curriculum specified. Teaching should be a combination of curriculum and aspects of daily life and how to deal with it. Children are exposed to many bad influences at a very young age. Violence is one of the most common. Violence is a nonstop, growing beast, that children see too much of. Television, computers, and abusive home lives are some of the windows of violence open to children. Many children are not equipped with any type of defense against violence or other bad influences. By teaching I have ambitions of arming my students with the greatest weapon of all, the mind.
With a strong mind, and the will to learn, children can then grow to be anything they want. With knowledge comes growth. That is why I have chosen elementary education. During the elementary years, most children have already defined their learning styles. Some learn by seeing and hearing the material, while others learn best by hands-on activities. In my classroom, I plan to incorporate all learning styles possible. Depending on the cooperation, maturity level, the age group, and content material, any teaching style would suffice. If I were to be closed-minded and use only one teaching strategy, I may only reach a few students. By preparing detailed daily lesson plans, and using as many teaching strategies as possible, I feel that I can reach the entire classroom.
Like many great men before me, I believe in behaviorism. That is to say that I agree with men such as B. F. Skinner. Skinner believed that “organisms including humans, are entirely the products of their environment; engineer the environment, and you can engineer human behavior”(Sadker, Sadker pg 337). William...