My Teaching Philosophy Statement
There are many teachers, with many different teaching styles. There are teachers who are strict and do not allow for any disruptions in the classroom. Then we have teachers who do not even really care what is going on in the classroom. The way that these teachers, and so many more, teach is a result of their personal philosophies on education.
Before you can decide how you want to run your classroom, you need to remember that not all students learn in the same way. Some learn by doing things on their own, while others learn better in groups. Some students learn with rote memorization and others learn from doing. Every classroom has students of every kind. So, when you are thinking about classroom management, you always have to think of what is best for the students and not just for you.
Just like you have to think about the students, you have to think about what you are teaching and what the best way to go about teaching it is. If you are an English teacher, you would not want the students to write papers as a group and likewise, if you are a science teacher students should not have to do experiments on their own.
Education is very important for a person to succeed in life. The purpose of education is to prepare a student for life and to discover themselves. As a teacher, I hope to help students not only learn what is required but I hope to make them want to discover more on their own. I want them to want to learn. As for the students, I only expect them to put forth their best efforts and try. Not everyone likes everything and I would not expect someone to.
As for the way that I want to teach, I want to use a combination of pragmatism and idealism. Students should have some say in what and how they learn. If a student has some say in what they are doing during the school year, then they might be more apt to learn and enjoy school. I also feel that the teacher should be there to encourage the students to think for themselves, let the student find the answers to their own questions sometimes. The teacher should guide them in the right direction but they should not always take them straight to the answer.
The classroom that I teach will be run in a democratic fashion. When we are at a place in our lessons where we can have choices, we will vote. This way everyone will have a chance to do something that they enjoy. This way they will not just be another student in the class but they will actually be part of the class. I hope to be a classroom where it will...