Philosophy of Education
From the moment of conception, one faces many facets of change: physical change, mental change, and spiritual change. The physical changes in life occur naturally depending upon the whims of nature, nutrition, and the individual’s gene pool; however the spiritual and mental changes are dependent on one’s environment, social contact, and teaching. As a teacher I feel it is my responsibility to over prepare my students for the inevitable changes that will occur in their lives by instilling confidence and knowledge while presenting myself as a good role model.
I believe all children are born with an overwhelming desire to learn and this desire must be nurtured and encouraged with love, enthusiasm, proper stimuli, and discipline. The desire to learn enables a child to crawl, walk, talk, and etc. As one skill is mastered, confidence is gained and another skill is tackled. If a child is knocked down at every attempt it makes to walk and never allowed the opportunity to progress, confidence will be lost and the child will become hesitant and unsure of itself, perhaps even lose the desire to try. When my children were young, my son would try to push my daughter down every time she would test her walking skills and she reverted back to the skill of crawling, a skill she had already mastered thus, instilling confidence in her to again attempt the new skill of walking using the knowledge of, “If I try, I can do it!”
Acquiring knowledge is as natural as eating and just as easily taken for granted. We attain knowledge from everything we come in contact with during the course of a day. Most of this knowledge we ingest is taken for granted or unrealized; however, later we may see or hear something that recalls a memory of the subject that has been stored away somewhere just waiting for the opportunity to reveal itself in some useful manner. We gain knowledge from the unlimited resources the world offers – both good and bad and knowledge received from a bad experience may be more easily recalled than that from a good occurrence. Although the memory may be unpleasant, the knowledge procured may prove to be an invaluable future resource.
Whether one learns about the practical side of life through a good experience or a bad experience is irrelevant, the important thing is to apply what was learned to events that occur over a lifetime. In contrast, I believe that the knowledge one acquires in the school environment must be through pleasant, nurturing sources, offset with appropriate discipline because in order to produce lifelong learners a love of learning must be developed. As a teacher in an elementary classroom, I will have ample opportunity to encourage and nurture a desire for learning or the...