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MY PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

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Children learn in their own ways, not just one traditional and repetitive way. Therefore, teachers need to be aware that their students have different learning styles and that they need to change their methods to suit their students. Curriculum is another important factor in education that needs to be geared around the students. Social and cultural aspects of society should also be incorporated into the student’s learning. Most importantly, students should never learn one specific subject at one time. Teacher should include reading and mathematics into all activities.

One of the most important aspects to a classroom is freedom and independence. Students should be allowed to explore and form their own conclusions. The teacher's role in a classroom is to give the students a foundation and then to let their imaginations take the lead. Students should be allowed to make their own discoveries. The Constructivism Theory plays an important role in this freedom and independence. The Constructivism Theory is a teaching method that uses past knowledge of students in connection with present learning. It is a way of teaching by mainly the discovery method, in which, learning occurs when students derive their own meaning from experiences and experiments.

The Constructivism theory often requires students to work together to achieve a goal. Students thrive in situations that ask them to work with others. The theory of Social learning by A. Bandura states that students learn from watching others. During group work, students work together to reach a goal. Today’s classrooms sometimes contain up to thirty students. This ratio is too high for students to receive the personal attention they may need from their teacher. The social learning theory allows students watch each other and learn from them. Rather than constantly asking the teacher for assistance, students are able to answer their own questions by watching other and copying their actions.

The philosophical approach of Behaviorism (John Watson) is a theory I use in my methods of teaching, as well as in my methods for managing my classroom. Positive reinforcement teaches the students the behaviors expected of them without the humiliation often associated with punishment. The Behaviorism theory also eliminates class time being lost to punish a student. Students are aware of what is expected of them and know in advance their punishment if they break the rules. Students are accountable for their own actions.

I believe that each student should think independently. Even though they may be doing group work, each student should come up with their own ideas. They will need this latter in life when they need to work with others at their job. No student should sit back and let his/her classmates do the work because in the future they might lose their job for those actions. Each student should also be accountable for their own actions. It is important for each student to learn that they need to take responsibility of themselves.

Most students learn best by a mixture of auditory, visual, and hand-on teaching. I try to incorporate each of these ways of learning into my teaching style. While some students learn best by taking notes, other need posters and color to learn the material. In order for students to best learn, teachers need to be responsible for presenting the information in as many ways as needed.

Since most student learn in different ways, students need to be assessed in an assortment of ways. Some students show what they have learned by scoring well on a test, while others prefer a paper or an oral report. Some students need to show what they have learned by creating a project or making a documentary on film. If teachers do not give students the opportunity to prove they know the material, they will not be able to succeed to their fullest potential. It is the job of the teacher to fit the needs of the students.

A long-term benefit I plan to give children are positive morals of how to treat one another. I have strict policies of how student should treat their classmates in and outside of the classroom. I let my students know what is acceptable behavior and what is not. My students are also accountable for how they act. Students need to be aware they are hurting others and that it will not be tolerated in school. The ultimate goal is for students to act respectable and courteous to others no matter the location or the situation. Students need to learn people are people and everyone should be respected. Another long-term benefit, my students learn there is more than one way to do anything. Students need to learn to stop and think before proceeding with a task. All too often students give up when one way is not working. I give my students activities that requires them to work with others that uses many ideas to solve a problem. Students learn to work together and feel a pride in a team effort. This will be helpful in future situations in high school as well as in their jobs. My student will also learn the long-term benefit of warmth and love. I treat my students respectfully and show interest in their lives. Students in return learn to trust and view my classroom as a place to share their feelings and never be worried about being rejected. I have an open classroom, where students are able to share their feelings and never feel unwelcome. My classroom that is filled with love gives students security and allows them to learn comfortably.

Although the years may change and different techniques of learning may come and go, I believe the overall purpose of education is to enrich the lives of our youth so that they can one day be productive citizens in our society. The world’s future depends on the students of today. Children need a good education so they will be able to maintain good academic knowledge in years to come. The education a child receives effects the rest of his or her life and determines how well they will live. Having an education also develops a person’s character. A child with a good teacher will learn good moral values and how to treat others. No matter the year or the location, the fundamentals of teacher are the same, even if the methods change drastically.

Below is a picture of students working together to complete a project. Each student was assessed individually, as well as how they worked within the group.