Teaching Philosophy Statement
Teaching is a profession which allows one to influence many lives. It is because of this opportunity to touch lives that I have decided to enter the teaching profession. I understand that the benefits of this profession are mostly intrinsic as opposed to extrinsic, yet the thought of inspiring students to learn drives me closer to the teaching profession. Monetary gain from a certain profession is minimal compared to the feeling that at the end of the day you have touched someone’s life. To summarize, the reason that I am entering the teaching profession, is my conviction to touch lives.
Full of life and well lit will be two ways of describing my classroom. Nothing is more depressing than working in a dimly lit room. I hope to fill the walls with a few bulletin boards and yet not make the room look crowded and cluttered. The clock will be placed at the front of the room so the students will be able to pace themselves and see it clearly. I will seat in a traditional manor but allow the students to sit were they like.
Once in the classroom, I feel my teaching style will lean toward that of a
traditionalist. If one was to ask any college instructor in America to compare the high
school graduate of today with the graduate of twenty years ago, they would almost
always reply, “ The student twenty years ago was more equipped for college than the
student of today.” Upon further exploration, I found that many college level math
courses were taught in the eighth and ninth grades in the early seventies. What does this have to do with me being a traditionalist you ask? America has left behind many of the great principles of education which made this nation great.
In general our society is struggling from a lack of absolutes values. Examples like the teaching of Ebonics in California and the lack of standards in education today reveal a weak backbone of many school boards today. I will at the beginning of each year lay out the rules very clearly. In my experience at a private school, students, when they know what is expected of them, will thrive under these kinds of strict guidelines. Be firm and be absolute yet show compassion to each student and success will be eminent.
While I will adopt many of the views of a traditionalist, I also will be eclectic in many areas of the teaching process. I would like to implement positive discipline approaches for minor offences, assuming the position of a progressive teacher. Regarding minor offenses, such as throwing paper or talking out of turn, I would hesitate before using the office. I feel that involving the office in every violation would lead to the child becoming somewhat immune to the office. Also the idea of allowing stdents to assist in problem solving as opposed to straight plain lectures all the time wold seem beneficial to me. In this aspect my teaching...