Philo- means love and –sophia means wisdom. So what does philosophy mean? Philosophy can mean many things. It could be the freedom to reflect, the ideas behind the force of question such as What is life?, Who is god?, Who am I?, etc. Philosophy could be a persons beliefs.
Philosophy dates back a long time. It started with Plato talking about platonic forms, moving onto Socrates who used analogies. Others such as Locke, Rousseau, and Dewey also put our their views of philosophy.
To me philosophy is a way of thinking, believing, and understanding. It could begin with learning how to interpret things and explore their meanings so that they make sense. I feel that a persons philosophy can help them when making judgements. One can learn and understand insights to a subject or a dilemma. It can help with their formation of thoughts and ideas. Philosophy is not just about the facts. The facts are put together to make something significant. The facts don’t necessarily make up a persons way of thinking either. A way of thinking is based on what is seen and heard in the world around the viewer.
When it comes to a persons thinking, the study of philosophy could help with abstract thinking, clarity and order. It could produce a study of oneself through questions, not answers. People could understand the reasoning behind things and they can discover different kinds of thinking. They learn to think about and understand perspectives that are both simple and complex.
So what does philosophy have to do with the teacher’s experience? As a student studying to become a teacher myself I feel that philosophy is a vital in my attempt to understand myself and my relation to society as a whole. Every teacher needs to understand themselves and their relation to society so that they can understand the children they teach coming from every possible background and family life.
Philosophy teaches people how to think. It teaches you, me and others how to find ourselves, how to figure out who we are and how to figure out our ideas. Understanding philosophy helps me initiate conversations and interact with other’s well-being. It does the same for teachers. It helps them to be able to communicate and hold conversations with students and other teachers. Since philosophy is a way of interacting and teaching one another. So it not only helps teachers teach but it helps students to teach one another.
Philosophy can take a certain mindset into the classroom that will guide students into abstract thought, so that they may explore and question what they read and what is going on in the world around them, not...