Philosophy of Education
Before a person goes into the education field, most have to do a lot of thinking to make sure that what they are beginning is something that they will truly enjoy doing. Teachers do not go into their profession for fame and fortune. They are there to educate children for a lifetime of learning.
Teaching is not something that I have had to think about. Teaching is something I have felt drawn to ever since I was three or four years old playing school with my cousins. I have known that I wanted to teach all of my life. Naturally I went through the “I want to be a doctor, a firefighter, an astronaut, a lawyer” phase, but teaching is the only thing that I have ever really felt like I would enjoy. Spending time with small children is something that brings me more joy than anything. As I progressed from Kindergarten to a senior in high school, my “destiny” has not changed course. I still wish to teach and influence the lives of many through the world of education.
My personal philosophy is an eclectic philosophy. I do not agree completely with any set philosophy, instead, I have taken certain points from several philosophies to create my own. I have taken views from the Perennialists, the Progressivists, the Behaviorists, the Essentialists, and the Existentialists. From these philosophies I receive the views of the role of the teacher, ways a classroom should be managed, methods of teaching, and ways of evaluating students’ skills.
Initially, I would like to say that the role of the teacher is one composed of several roles all in one. First and foremost, I feel that the Perennialists are correct in stating that the teacher should be the authority figure in the classroom. The teacher must let the students know that what he/she says is what is to be done inside of the school and the classroom. Once this is done then the school year can begin. The second role of the teacher comes from the Behaviorist Philosophy, the controller of behavior. The teacher has to set rules that his/her students are able to understand. Along with the rules the teacher needs to have consequences that the students will have to pay if these rules are broken. A teacher must be consistent and treat all of his/her students the same no matter what he/she know about the student or the student’s past tendencies. The consequences must be fair and suit the misbehavior. Also, like the Existentialists, I feel that the teacher has to be a mediator. If the teacher notices that nay of his/her students are having problems with anyone else, the teacher needs to step in and get the students to try to work their problems out in a reasonable way. Being with the Progressivists, I feel that the teacher should be a guide for his/her students and a director of learning. The teacher must guide his/her students to realize that they have to make their own decisions. The children must realize that they do not have to do or say anything unless they...