Megan Iliff

Educational Philosophy

I agree with a lot of the aspects of Piaget¶s educational philosophy. He believed that there are four developmental stages and when I looked over them, they made perfect sense. The first stage is the sensorimotor stage. This is stage is from birth to the age of two. Children learn by their senses, for example, putting things in their mouths and holding physical objects in their hands. The second stage is the preoperational stage that takes place from age two to seven. This stage is defined as a child not being able to conceptualize abstractly and they need concrete physical situations. After the preoperational stage comes the concrete operations stage. This takes place from age seven to eleven. As a child grows older they begin to build up experiences. From these experiences they learn to conceptualize and create logical structures that explain his or her life experiences. The last Piaget stage is called formal operations and takes place from age eleven to fifteen. By this time, a child¶s cognitive structures are like an adults. This can include things such as conceptual reasoning. These stages are important to take into consideration when teaching. Teachers need to be aware of the age group they are teaching and also be aware of how that age group would best succeed academically. Each stage clearly requires different teaching strategies. I personally plan on teaching secondary education and think that secondary teachers should push their students to think critically and draw conclusions based on conceptual reasoning.

Even though I agree with Piaget, I have some of my own ideas for my educational philosophy. I think that even though Piaget¶s stages are accurate, they might not apply to every student. I am looking into going into special education as well and I have learned that every student is different. A majority of kids learn the same way due to their development, however, others learn faster or slower or in a completely different manner. It is our job as educators to make sure no child is getting left behind in the classroom because they are not learning in a productive manner that suits them. Teachers must find a way that makes sure every student is learning. It is also our job as educators to keep the classroom interesting. I believe teachers should never stop learning. This means keeping the classroom changing; finding fun and motivating ways to teach. I strive to ³think outside the box´ for teaching. I always learned better from class activities and relating academic text to real life situations. I believe these ideas go along with constructivism, which is a student-centered philosophy. This philosophy encourages hands on learning and students actively participating in lessons. This is exactly how I think students should learn. Students are growing and constantly learning. Teaching them in the most suitable manner for there level in development is important, but so is realizing that all students will be different. Letting students learn through active participation is the best way information will stick in their brain. Having a positive attitude and keeping the classroom interesting will also make a huge impact. An open mind can make all the difference.