Statement of Philosophy of Education
My philosophy of teaching and education in general is very broad at this stage in my career. I am sure that as I teach in future years, my philosophy of teaching will change as I gain experience. As for now though, the following paper will describe the way I feel about teaching, learning and education in general.
First, I view learning as a journey the students take throughout their school careers and throughout life. I feel that on this journey, teachers are placed in the position to help guide these students to their destination, or at least help them on their way. This journey would include hurdles and obstacles that would be overcome and some that would be left for later teachers to try to help the students past. I know that as a teacher, it is important for me to help the students to truly understand concepts being taught that will help them in later mathematics classes and in their lives in the future. I also feel that a good basic tool for teachers to help provide students with that will enable them to be more prosperous in life is the concept of problem solving. This tool reaches far past mathematics. I believe that students are not just buckets that we, as teachers, are to pour knowledge into hoping that none leaks out. I do believe though that the teacher should reach for opportunities to help connect the content material to previous knowledge and experiences of the students.
As for the teacher’s role in the students’ lives, I feel again that he/she should be a guide for the students in their journey through mathematics. I feel that the teacher should help the students in their problems in the content and also be creative in teaching that content to make it interesting. I feel that as a teacher, one should be careful to help students see that there are bigger pictures of mathematics waiting to be seen after all of the pieces and parts are put together. I think that if the students see connections between different topics taught, their interest level will rise. Also, I feel that it is the duty of a good teacher to help make the material as interesting as possible so that the students are not totally distracted by the monotony of the subject. By making...