My Philosophy of Education Essay
There are many words that come to mind when I consider what the
purpose of education is, however one word describes it best, and that is
development. When I become a teacher, I will be responsible for many
aspects of a child’s development: cognitive, social, mental, and physical.
In order to become an effective teacher, I understand that I need to become
perceptive to a child’s personal interests and motivational needs, learning
needs, and abilities, as well as ethnic and cultural similarities and
differences. To do this, I believe I am using a combination of all four
educational philosophies. These are perenialism, essentialism,
progressivism, and postmodernism.
According to an assessment I had taken,
most of my interests lie in postmodernism. Still though, I have examples
of all four educational philosophies in my own philosophy.
As a future teacher with some postmodernism ideas, I realize that
each child is a unique individual, capable of learning. All children learn
and develop at different rates. To be an excellent teacher, I will take
into consideration the individual learning styles of each student, and
accommodations of diverse learner needs as much as possible. It is with
this in mind that, as a teacher, I will incorporate within my curriculum
many different learning styles.
Instruction in all areas, even in the
resource/special education room, should be child-centered and involve hands
on, collaborative, exploratory, problem solving type situations that
challenge children and enhance their development. I believe in discussion,
role play, and some simulation in the classroom. The construction of a
classroom that is child-centered will allow me to become a companion in
learning with my students so that each day I may learn through watching
them learn. They will also learn by me providing continuous feedback. By
developing a learning environment that includes clear discipline, open
communication, and a variety of teaching strategies, I hope to provide a
quality education to all my future students.
As a teacher with some perennialism ideals, which is a combination of
idealism and realism, I will acknowledge that I am not alone in the
I will enlist the help of parents, colleagues,
administration, and the community. For many, the only purpose of education
is to incorporate within children the knowledge of subject matter needed to
construct a productive citizen. However, it is my hope to go farther and
collaborate with others in order to help my students establish their life
goals and work with them to achieve the goals. I understand that some of
the students’ goals may be just to be a productive citizen, and that is
The future of our world is dependent upon the children of today. In
the society’s opinion, a child doesn’t become successful if they don’t go
to college or have a high paying job.
As a future special education
teacher, I understand that this will not always be the case. I believe
that the students, not society, should be the top priority of the teacher
in order to create a successful learning climate. A child, with special
needs or any other child is successful if they are working in a grocery, or
a fast food restaurant, if that is what their goal is. They may be
successful if they are working as a mechanic, or any other blue-collar job,
for that matter. I want my children to realize that they are not robots,
and each of them has different skills, abilities and dreams. Every one of
them can reach their dream no matter what it is.
As a teacher, I will be
responsible for helping to shape their future or reach their dreams,
whatever it may be. It may even be college, and if it’s not that is okay
We all know we need people in the grocery stores, fast food
restaurants, mechanics, and people in other blue-collar jobs. Without
these jobs, we couldn’t go on. Of course, it would also be wonderful if
all my students went to college, or had a high paying job, which I know
that some will be able to do. However, going to college and having a high
paying job, will not make them any better than the other students.
The greatest sight imaginable is the shining eyes and open mind of a
child ready to learn. It is this sight that I hope to experience each day,
and when any child under my care is successful or improves, I will get to
see those shining eyes and .