My Educational Philosophy
What is my educational philosophy you may ask? Well let's start off with the basics, I believe education is the start of one's process of thinking, where children learn not only numbers, colors, and words but also the process of learning to problem solve in playful strategic ways. My philosophical view on education is that teachers learn from students and students learn from teachers. A classroom should be an atmosphere where children feel safe and secure.
Becoming a teacher has always been a dream job for me, not because of paid summers off as I have heard many say, but for the joy I will see planted across the faces of my future fellow students who progress in fields they assumed to be unlearnable. Children view school as a chore their parents make them attend to on a daily basis. A teacher I want to teach my students to notice school can also be a fun learning experience for them. I want to teach kids to open their eyes and minds to the concept that knowledge is not only a necessity but also a beauty enhancer.
I am drawn to the challenges and rewards of teaching because it is not an easy process but a work in progress. To see a child grow has always warmed a certain part of my heart that only I can feel. The most rewarding part of being a teacher would be seeing your students walk into class on the first week of school and noticing their struggles; Only to then watch them push past those struggles and ace the subjects they found to be so challenging. Teachers will face certain barriers that only makes me want to face those tasks head on with one hundred percent certainty that my students and I will get past every challenge together as a team.
There is a purpose to involving education into our society and community, which is to help children learn how to grow as an individual and to find who they are when interacting with their peers. Schools in our society also helps students to understand the differences between each of their peers and their opposite views and learning experiences. Where math can help a child learn how to purchase goods at a store and know how much their items cost, how much money to give the cashier and how much change they are supposed to receive back. Where history can teach a child to learn when and how ignorance should be treated outside of school based on past historical ignorance they have learned about, and how their teacher helps them handled ignorance within a classroom environment.
There are many accomplishments a teacher can find valuable and worthwhile, such as seeing a student with the " a-ha" expression on their faces when they finally learn to solve a problem on their own. To be a teacher you may need to know there will be many challenging tasks. A valuable accomplishment that can be met as a teacher is learning to distinguish a student's struggles through their "thick skin." There will be many students who will portray themselves as "knowing it all" but you will see how much they may not know and need help with through their grades. So, your duty as a teacher is to help these students with their challenges in the most effective and strategic way possible.
This is when your role as a teacher takes its climax and you learn to notice the difference in each student and their learning capabilities and incapability's. Teachers roles in classroom is to have patience and understanding where a student might grow impatient with other students who may possibly not be catching on as fast. So, they then begin to give up on themselves and you're there to help prevent these students from giving up. My classroom motto would be to help my students notice they all have the ability to succeed, which is "For every attempt you're one step closer to success!"
Through my class group project, I got to look in the eyes of Caroline Pratt and many other great educators of history. Caroline Pratt was a woman who found interest in the play-based learning skills which some schools still use today. She was an educator who rejected the idea of fixed curriculums and preferred for her students to choose their play projects freely. This was a way for her to help them reenact their observed experiences with their pretend play which then helped them understand the world around them. I believe this method of teaching is best because this helps the teacher visually see how their students' lives differ from one another and how the teacher can help each student in their own specific challenges. Learning should be fun not tedious!