My Teaching Philosophy
If someone would have asked me one or two years ago what I wanted to do with my life, I would have said, “I have no clue, but I do know that I will never teach!” I have had that sentiment for as long as I can remember. But this year, I had to decide on a major. I looked at all the possibilities offered to me at Concord College and realized that education was the only one that suited me. I was still not sure if I wanted to pursue a career in education, but it at least gave me some classes to take. Throughout the spring semester I have been able to learn about the teaching profession and observe teachers in action. Add this to the past experiences I have had with teachers and school and I realized that teaching might not be that bad of an idea.
To be a teacher is to be a life changer. In today’s society children are not give the best role models outside of home and sometimes even the ones at home are not up to par. Children are bombarded every day with images of violence, sex, drugs, and hatred. In a lot of cases what you see is what you get. Teachers today have a very unique role in the lives of their students. Either they can sit back and watch the children do as they please, or they can do something and help the child get the proper training needed for a successful adult life. True, most teachers are not going to teach a subject in which the students need to make life altering decisions, but a good teacher will help lay the groundwork needed for that child to make such decisions in their future. There is no question to me that teachers are life changers. It happens too often that a teacher has to talk a student out of something terrible. The subject that the teacher will teach is irrelevant in some cases, but what the teacher can share with the children about life the students will carry forever. Teachers are supposed to teach however, and the way that you approach your teaching can influence the way that a child takes to you.
There needs to be some kind of structure in the classroom. The teacher needs to instruct the students in a way that helps the student learn the material and grasp it. In my field of study, social studies, there seems to be only two teaching philosophies that can be used constructively, behaviorism and essentialism. These teaching methods let the teacher give the information to the students in a structured way and then let the students discuss and evaluate the material. These methods are extremely useful in my field of study. It would be hard to do outdoor activities and field trips in a social studies class. Not every school has the resources to be able to send a group of students to Washington D.C. or to a state historical site. Lecture, questioning, and discussion seem to be the most logical approach. With this I can give the information to the students and test their knowledge of the material. Students would also be able to discuss the information in...