Educational Philosophy

My philosophy of education encompasses several parts. I believe that education is not only an academic thing - it is also an emotional, social, and physical experience. It is a teacher’s ability to respond to these things in a thoughtful and productive manner to produce change in a student.

The meaning and purpose for education differs among those interested in education. I believe the purpose of education is to develop a child’s strengths and knowledge in a variety of areas that will allow them to pursue the opportunities that were once dreams, and later achieve them as realities. I feel that values and morale have an equal purpose in education. It’s our responsibility to teach our children how to become full, productive, functioning, and contributing citizens, who never underestimate their value to society. When you educate a child, you expose them to vast amounts of information, which enables them to process, use, and apply that information. I believe the purpose of education is to build upon prior given information, and guide a child with a sense of knowledge, confidence, and purpose for their life. However, I think the value of the child should not be lost in the process, only elevated.

I also believe that a teacher’s strongest characteristic is that they are good communicators and role models. A teacher needs to know how to effectively communicate with not only their students, but with fellow staff members and parents. Being a leader is essential to a teacher because they need to know how to direct and guide their students. I think that the task of every teacher is to increase the knowledge of their students, and engage them in learning, while still challenging them. All members of my classroom community will be equal as thinkers, learners, and teachers, and treated accordingly. Every individual’s thoughts and feelings must be respected in the classroom.

The teacher of today wears not just one hat, but many, as she juggles a variety of different tasks. The roles of a teacher consist of learner, scholar, mentor, communicator, leader, political activist, researcher, and role model. We all hear the phrase “Every child needs a role model.” Teachers often find themselves fulfilling this position. Children are like sponges, soaking up everything around them, even the personality traits of their teachers. Educators at every age level should feel extremely fortunate to be allowed to project their ideals that could affect a student’s life through the course of their educational experience.

 

A scholar is someone who is considered to be a learned person, especially in humanities. Even though I believe that not just as teachers, but as people, you will never know everything, and we are constantly learning and growing. A teacher is not only someone who instructs others, but someone who yearns for knowledge themselves. They learn from their colleagues, workshops, and their students. Children can teach us some of our greatest lessons if we will only listen. It is imperative for a teacher to stay abreast of the advancements in theories and practices. I suppose that I am someone who believes in the progressive and idealistic movement for teaching students; therefore I will be seeking new and exciting concepts to evolving educational strategies. I am most likely to use Pestalozzi’s approach to a child-centered philosophy that treats children with love.