In values growing beyond basic literacy and numeracy. Teaching

In developing my personal philosophy of
education I have come to realise that teaching is a learning process.  We are always learning
from our students, colleagues, parents and community.  Learning is a lifelong process where you
learn new strategies, ideas and philosophies.  I believe that everyone has the ability to learn,
no matter what their rate of learning is, the ability is still there.

 

I see myself as a teacher who is caring,
compassionate and considerate to the diverse needs and values of each student
individually.  Someone that is willing to
put the needs of their students first and where every student’s needs, wants
and values are seen as equal.  I will challenge students and watch them grow by creating an
atmosphere and stimulating educational environment where students can meet
their full potential physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.  I will provide a safe learning environment
where students are welcomed to share their ideas and to take risks. It
is important that my students, parents, colleagues and community see me as someone
they can approach.  Classroom
organisation is also important.  If
students are in a disorganised classroom, they too will feel disorganised and
have no value for their classroom and themselves. 

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My task as a teacher is to facilitate and develop every child to be their
best by reaching out to all children without bias and prejudice.  Helping every child master the basic skills
of reading, writing, mathematics and technology.  Teaching my content so that every child will
use their basic skills to continue gaining knowledge, skills and values growing
beyond basic literacy and numeracy.  Teaching
and integrating the unchanging values of respect, honesty, kindness,
cooperation and responsibility of themselves and others regardless of cultural
background.

 

I aim to bring an
open mind, positive attitude and high expectations to the classroom each
day.  I will bring consistency, diligence
and warmth to my job and hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage such
traits in my students. 

 

The
scope of my essay is to not only discuss the purpose of education, evaluate the
role of the teacher and the methods of education that I see myself implementing
in my classroom but most importantly discovering the type of teacher I want to
be.  I will confirm how these mentioned
methods can be used to develop my own personal philosophy towards education and
teaching and how they are informed by the theories of individual philosophers.  I have found that my theories are not aligned
with theorists such as A.S Neill and John Locke but theorists such as John Dewey,
Paulo Freire, Maria Montessori, and Nel Noddings are consistent with my
personal philosophy in education. Overtime my education
philosophy may change, and that is okay, it just means that I have grown and
learned new things.

I
have come to believe that the purpose of education is to teach children to be
critical thinkers.  This is important for
students so that they can understand ‘why’ something has happened as opposed to
‘what’ has happened.  With this
understanding of why, it allows for discussion and encourages a freer thought
process which enables students to become more independent.

 

Noddings’s
(Johnson, Reed, 2008, p.295) notion of a caring education environment draws
attention to the students’ passion, attitudes, connections and concerns.  This caring environment, involves grouping
students into ‘centres of care’ to encourage critical thinking.  John Dewey (Johnson, Reed, 2008, p.147) states
that a child has their own instincts and tendencies.  I believe that as Dewey mentioned, a childs
interest and habits should be constantly interpreted and translated into social
equivalents.  Children should be able to
share their interests with everyone. 
This is something that I wish to see in my own philosophy in being able
to recognise each child as an individual with their own strengths. Because of
this individuality, they do not learn the same way and it creates different
learning styles within the classroom and as a teacher I would need to adopt
different educational methods to cater for all students.  I will harness students’ strengths within the
classroom and support the students interests by having a range of experiences
necessary, as well as enhancing students’ awareness in society by giving
learners practical knowledge and problem-solving skills. 

 

I do not agree with Freire’s (Johnson, Reed, 2008, p.200)
‘banking’ style of education, and do not want this happening in my
classroom.  This ‘banking’ style of
education is described as a teacher ‘depositing’ information and the students
memorise this information.  With this style,
the students are not able to understand the information that they are given and
limits them becoming critical thinkers.

I
have come to believe that the purpose of education is to teach children to be
critical thinkers.  This is important for
students so that they can understand ‘why’ something has happened as opposed to
‘what’ has happened.  With this
understanding of why, it allows for discussion and encourages a freer thought
process which enables students to become more independent.

 

Noddings’s
(Johnson, Reed, 2008, p.295) notion of a caring education environment draws
attention to the students’ passion, attitudes, connections and concerns.  This caring environment, involves grouping
students into ‘centres of care’ to encourage critical thinking.  John Dewey (Johnson, Reed, 2008, p.147) states
that a child has their own instincts and tendencies.  I believe that as Dewey mentioned, a childs
interest and habits should be constantly interpreted and translated into social
equivalents.  Children should be able to
share their interests with everyone. 
This is something that I wish to see in my own philosophy in being able
to recognise each child as an individual with their own strengths. Because of
this individuality, they do not learn the same way and it creates different
learning styles within the classroom and as a teacher I would need to adopt
different educational methods to cater for all students.  I will harness students’ strengths within the
classroom and support the students interests by having a range of experiences
necessary, as well as enhancing students’ awareness in society by giving
learners practical knowledge and problem-solving skills. 

 

I do not agree with Freire’s (Johnson, Reed, 2008, p.200)
‘banking’ style of education, and do not want this happening in my
classroom.  This ‘banking’ style of
education is described as a teacher ‘depositing’ information and the students
memorise this information.  With this style,
the students are not able to understand the information that they are given and
limits them becoming critical thinkers.

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