Philosophy of Education
As a future teacher of America, I have learned that in order
to be an effective educator there are qualifications that a teacher must contain. It
is imperative that all teachers or future teachers understand that he or she is a guide for students rather than someone whom
thinks and makes all decisions for his or her students. For example, teachers should allow students to assist in planning
lessons. This way, the students would be more interested in the lesson, because they helped plan it. They would participate
and be more engaged in the lesson, thus learning more.
Also, teachers should present themselves in a professional manner at
all times. By doing so, they are modeling the proper behavior for their students. They are showing the students that school
is an institute for learning, not playing. They are showing the students that they should not take learning for granted, but
to learn as much as they possibly can. They are also gaining respect and a sense of seriousness about themselves as well.
When teachers are professional, the students take the teacher and the class more seriously. As a result, disciplinary problems
will be at a minimum.
Moreover, teachers should be zealous about teaching. The teacher’s
enthusiasm towards learning will gain the students’ excitement in the course. If students see an energetic and enthused
teacher, they would be more motivated to learn. This attitude would also make the classroom atmosphere less stressful on the
students, allowing them to learn without anxiety.
In addition, all teachers should make connections between their lesson
and the world around them so that the students could get a better understanding of the lesson. In the field of special education,
in particular, it is crucial for the teacher to make real life connections with the students when teaching a lesson. Because
these students may have more difficulties understanding and comprehending the material, it is the teacher’s responsibility
to make sure he or she is presenting the information in a way that every student can understand.
Furthermore, teachers should never emphasize on a grade, but rather
on making sure all students understand the lesson being taught. In the classroom, teachers should explain to their students
that they should always make sure they have a thorough understanding of the concept being taught, rather than on obtaining
a “good grade.” Teachers should encourage students to ask questions until they grasp the concept.
Most importantly, teachers should love their profession with a passion
so that they would teach from their heart and be sincere in doing so. Teachers should not teach for the pay, the benefits,
or for any other reason except for the love of teaching. If you care about something, you would put your very best into it,
you would do anything for it, and you would not give up on it. Teachers should have this attitude when entering into the classroom.
Students need teachers who will teach them with all that they have. They need teachers who will do anything to make sure they
learn. Students need teachers who will be patient with them and never give up on them.
There are certain qualities that a student must contain in order to
become an effective learner. A student must want to learn in order to learn. As stated in the Bible in the book of Proverbs
chapter one verse five, “A wise person will increase learning.” Students must not depend fully on their teachers,
but put forth much effort to help themselves learn. They must have a desire to increase their understanding and learning.
For example, if multiplication is a weak subject for a student, the student can take the initiative and perhaps purchase a
deck of multiplication flash cards with his or her allowance in order to become stronger in this area.
In addition, students should motivate themselves. Students should not
always look to the teacher to provide stimulating activities in order to be interested in the lesson, but students should
be self-motivated. They should come to class on time and prepared with all materials ready to learn. They should have a desire
to participate in activities and to volunteer to answer questions.
Moreover, students must understand that a “good grade”
means nothing if they didn’t truly grasp the concept being taught to them and if they can’t retain what they did
learn. Students should understand that it is their knowledge that will enhance their intellect, not their grades. They should
understand it is their knowledge the will allow for them to “go to the next level,” not their grades.
Furthermore, my philosophy of education is similar to John Dewey’s
theory. Like Dewey, I believe teachers should teach their students to become citizens in a democracy. By doing so, the students
would become self-directed learners able to express their own opinions. They would also become strong-minded, independent
I also agree with Dewey in that students are life long learners who learn from their experiences. Dewey believed that
the theory of experience rested on continuity (humans are
sensitive to experience and survive by learning from experience) and interactions. He argued that we learn something from
every experience, whether it is a negative or positive experience. For example, if a student receives a failing grade as a
result of lacking to prepare for a test, this student will learn from this negative experience that he or she needs to study
in order to receive the desired passing grade.
Like Dewey, I agree that education is incomplete if
it ignores experience. For example, there is only so much a student whose major is education can learn in the college classrooms
pertaining to the field of education. It is only when this student has the opportunity to go into the classrooms and observe
actual classrooms that he or she can fully grasp what goes on in the classrooms. The Student Teaching experience is an excellent
way to achieve this much needed experience.
My philosophy of education involves duties of both the teacher and the students, in order to achieve success in the
classroom. Teachers should be professional, zealous, and passionate about teaching. Students should be self-motivated and
have a strong desire for learning. Also, education is incomplete if it ignores experience. It is through experience that we
learn thoroughly what we are attempting to learn. In the field of education, teachers must constantly have their students
in mind always looking for new ways to teach and always observing students’ different learning styles in order to adapt
or modify their teaching.