Philosophy of Education
It is my philosophy of life encompasses the assertion that every child is a unique individual who deserves a secure, stimulating as well as caring atmosphere which promotes growth as well as emotional maturity. My philosophy of education further supports the assertion that the children should receive an atmosphere that promotes their physical, intellectual as well as social growth. It is thus my desires that an individual who is a professional in education should aid the students to meet their fullest potential in the areas via the provision of an environment that is safe, offers support for risk taking as well as offering a platform that supports the sharing of ideas. The core attributes that I consider to be vital to the successful development of the environment that will support the learning of the children encompasses a teacher that acts as a guide, allows the students’ natural curiosity to dictate their learning and enhancing respect for all people and things.
My perception of education follows the assertion that it is a unique and individual experience for every student who has the desire to learn by making an effort to attend a classroom. To be able to realize the objective of ensuring that the students get the most benefits from the school, it is imperative that the teachers focus on comprehending the significance of their jobs. In this case, it is inescapable that a teacher takes teaching as a lifestyle and not an 8 hour a day job. The rationale is that the objectives that the teachers set for their students involve more than just passing on facts that are passed by time to students who most of the times are passive (Adjunct Faculty Guide for Faculty Development Phase I, 2012). The fact that the teachers are entrusted with educating the young minds, it is imperative that they facilitate the learning as well as the academic growth, ethical as well as the individual growth of these students.
In promoting the teaching and attaining the goals that have been established above, it will be imperative to ensure that there the establishment of honesty rapport as well as mutual respect among the students. Supremacy is going to be accorded the establishment of a relationship with the students that is defined by the highest priority (Noddings, 2011). Through the development of this relationship, it will be possible to establish a fair and democratic environment that is dependent on trust and care in the classroom, thus ensuring that it is possible to interact confidently as well as safely in the academic setting.
The commencement of the academic learning in the classroom will be via the use of inspiration as well as motivation. As a teacher, it is compelling to warrant that the students have the passion for both the subjects at hand as well as the whole learning element. In this case, it is imperative to ensure that both learning and teaching are a simultaneous journey for both the student as well as the teacher, with the energy on the side of the students being as a result of the teacher’s genuine intensity for learning. The additional strategy I will be employing is the use of constructivist methods in teaching my classroom as it will compel my students to take an active role in their education via making choices as well as an assumption of responsibility relating to the issue of intelligent inquiry (Alber, 2011). In this case, I will ensure that the projects, discussion, experiments, and projects are directed at promoting achievement by the students as well as allowing the students to discover individual talents, strengths as well as preferences.
In promoting the personal growth of the children, I will be adopting a mentoring role. In this case, the display of warmth, as well as compassion, will show the students that they are loved and that the teacher is empathetic. The one on one mentoring will encompass personal conversations with the students about their goals along with the sharing of their ideas as well as experiences.
Among the main attributes that inform the successful delivery of education to the students follows the assertion that the common trend is that the students understand materials better when they study items that are interesting. Thus, it is the duty of the teacher to ensure that the content they deliver to their students or the methods being employed are as interesting as possible to ensure that the students retain the content. It is additionally evident that the teachers who allow the students to have some say in the material they learn have the tendency of eliciting greater interest in the students that the teachers who merely force the students to do certain elements of their studies (Chambliss, 2011). As a teacher, it is imperative to comprehend the fact that most of the material that the students are expected to memorize end up being forgotten fast. In this case, the successful teacher teaches resist the temptation of focusing on the factual materials and promoting a deep comprehension of the ideas that the students are learning.
Adjunct Faculty Guide for Faculty Development Phase I (FDP1) Tutorials and Practicums(2012), U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, 9.
Alber, Rebecca (2011). 20 Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment, edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/20-tips-create-safe-learning-environment-rebecca-alber
Chambliss, J., (2011). Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia. Routledge
Noddings, N., (2011). Philosophy of Education. Westview Press