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Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Education

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Philosophy of Education
An individuals  Philosophy of Education is based on their personalbeliefs and thoughts, deriving from any research they have done.The educational process is a preparation for life. Within each child laysthe passion, the desire and the thirst for knowledge. It is the job of an educator tospark that thirst for knowledge and help children improve upon their skills andreach their full potential. It should be a goal within society to enrich the lives of children through learning and the educational process, so they can use what theyvelearned and add their new inquisitiveness to improve their quality of life. Passingdown the knowledge, we as a society have gained, through educating our youth, it isimperative to the overall success and well being of a community. To ensurecontinuous economic, social, and political success of a country the answer lieswithin our children and their ability to succeed based on the knowledge theyveacquired.The true things that need to be learned in life cannot be learned from atextbook. The teacher is the key to a childs success. A teachers role is to instillacademic foundations upon a child and to help that child build upon thosefoundations and develop both their academic and social skills. As an educator, oneshould not stand by and force their students to learn on their own, neither shouldthey stand up infront of the classroom and lecture at their students for a full classperiod or subject. Teaching is a give and take concept. The educator needs to learnwhen each method of teaching is appropriate to be used. While teaching any lesson,there comes a time when the educator needs to step back and give the students a
chance to think for themselves, in this way teachers at some point become a Guideon the Side. However, a teacher can only become a Guide on the Side, once theseed of knowledge has already been planted within their students. One cannot expect students to excel in any subject area without activating their priorknowledge. An educators role is to provide each student with that prior knowledge.A teachers role in their students life can become more than teacher-student. Sometimes the teacher will become a parent figure in the students life.Children come from all different types of family background. For example somechildren suffer from broken homes, single parent households, and a lack of parentalinvolvement. In some instances, a teachers presence is the most stable aspect of achilds life. A teacher taking on this role can mean the world to a child because of that sense of stability they can create.Although it is the job of an educator to encourage learning and growth,active student participation is necessary for the child to succeed. There are manyexpectations of students as well as teachers. Students are expected to be respectfulof their teacher, the learning environment, and one another. Without respect and acomfortable learning environment achievement becomes less probable, and verychallenging. Students must pledge to be responsible for their learning. By activelyparticipating in classroom activities, doing their homework, and studying for testsand quizzes students show their dedication to the learning process.Walking into my classroom, the set-up will be one that welcomes acollaborative learning environment. It will arranged in a way where it is easy forstudents to interact with one another, and to interact with the classroom teacher.
To encourage learning my room will be visually stimulating for thestudents. I will cover the walls with colorful educational posters and inspirationalquotes about learning, I find it to be motivating to the students knowing their work will be displayed, so I will be using the different bulletin boards around the room todisplay their work.On the first day of every school year it is important to create anatmosphere within the classroom that all can feel comfortable with and one wherelearning can take place. It is at this time that rules should be established.Establishing rules with your students is important in order for them to be followedby all. When students feel their input in the rule making process has beenconsidered they will be more likely to follow the classroom rules. Most studentsrespect this time of discipline. They need to know their boundaries and what consequences they will face if they break any of the rules. Setting guidelines upfront is important to run an efficient and effective classroom.A teacher is a decision maker in diverse context. A teacher has a varietyof relationships to maintain within their school building in order to have theirstudents become successful. Teachers work closely with administration, otherfaculty, social workers, and parents to ensure their students are able to reach theirfull potential. A teacher acts as a mediator between students when conflicts arise inand out of the classroom environment. A teacher needs to know how to handledifferent situations that may occur throughout the school year between peers. Tokeep ones job a teacher must also answer to administration, and may need tochange their teaching methods according to new standards and expectations set by

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