Teaching Philosophy Statement
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” (Henry B. Adams). I can’t remember when I decided that I wanted to become a teacher. I didn’t just wake up one morning and think to myself I want to be a teacher, it just seems that I always knew that I would teach. Both of my parents are teachers but they actually tried to persuade me to go into a different profession. Even though I was warned about the disadvantages of being a teacher, I knew I wanted to become a teacher.
As a child one of my favorite games to play was school. I could play school for hours whether I was teaching my little sisters or a classroom of stuffed animals. I think that I loved playing school because I respected my teachers so much. I thought that my Elementary school teachers were the smartest people in the world. I loved pretending to be the teachers that I looked up to and admired.
As I grew older I knew that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher because I wanted to work with children. I knew that I wanted to be a part of the enthusiasm that young children have for school and I wanted to someday be able to provide the knowledge for my students’ hunger to learn. I knew that teaching and helping children would be the most rewarding job that I could ever have. I want to be a teacher because I think that I can make a difference in a child’s life. I want to be able to make a shy child feel safe in my classroom. With patience I can help a slow child feel smart. I can help neglected or underprivileged children feel special. The satisfaction of making an unhappy or troubled child smile is one of the most important reasons that have helped me decide to become a teacher.
I believe that in order to be an effective teacher that I have to be open minded and willing to change. I do not agree with every part of every philosophy, but I do agree with some philosophies more than others. I believe in many different philosophies and I have combined different philosophies to make my own educational philosophy statement.
My education philosophy is partly based on essentialism. I strongly believe the classroom should be centered on traditional academic subjects such as writing, reading, math, and computing. It is extremely important for a student to master these fundamental subjects. This core academic curriculum provides the foundation on which all other subjects are built on.
I also agree with some of the aspects of the behaviorist philosophy. I agree with the behaviorist view that a child accumulates knowledge through repeated exposures to stimuli and the reward system. I believe that a child acquires knowledge as the result of repeated interactions with the...