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My Educational Philosophies Every educator has different priorities for their students. Some believe that test scores and book knowledge are the end all goal. Others wish to let their students experiment and learn about concepts they cannot be tested on. As a teacher, I hope to never become overly preoccupied by test scores. My main priority is for my students to leave my classroom with knowledge, a love of learning, and the ability to investigate. Since I believe that these concepts are my goal, I fall most in line with the Constructivism and Progressivism philosophies. I believe that Progressivism is one of the most important philosophies because not all learning can be derived from a book and reproduced on a test paper. People absorb most from their experiences. If we give our students the chance to experiment and learn in ways they enjoy we will see amazing results. When I was in middle school my class was very small and we often got to choose what and how we wanted to learn. It was a classroom based very much off of democracy which is a main idea of Progressivism. Many times my peers and I chose competitions, experiments, and group projects over worksheets. I still remember the concepts I learned from the …show more content…
I want them to enjoy and flourish in my classroom. I believe that in order to do this teachers need to step back from the teaching norms and involve their students more in decisions. If we truly want children to enjoy school we must center our lessons on activities that they will have fun with and relate to. I want my students to leave my grade with new knowledge of course. Above that, however, I want them to leave with a desire to learn every day and be prepared to learn on their own. I also want them to see every experience as a new opportunity to learn. I plan to use a mixture of all of the philosophies discussed, but I value piece of the progressivist and constructivist ideas

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