My Personal Educational Philosophy

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The modern classroom is composed of a set of eclectic interactions between teachers and students. It is an environment that is forever changing, transforming, and evolving. Therefore, adaptability is a key attribute for any potential educator. Having said that, any great educator needs a foundation on which to build his or her educational philosophy. This foundation can be based on the philosophies, strategies, and research of those who are considered pioneers in the field of education. There are three philosophies on which I will build my personal educational philosophy on. To begin with, I hope to challenge my students into being agents of positive change by practicing social reconstruction. Subsequently, by employing a progressivism I hope …show more content…
Counts’ point of view is precise in its summation of social reconstruction. Counts point of view states that educators should not be following society; instead, they should be looking for ways in which to change and help society evolve for the better (Schiro, 2013). Furthermore, educators have the adequate tools at their disposal with which to equip students, in hopes they become the conductors of positive change. Teachers should plan on leading students into questioning the way certain things are done, in hopes of developing their critical thinking skills. Also, by challenging the day’s main events, both the students and teacher, can learn about immorality and what it means to be a just and equal society. A great way to practice social reconstruction would be to choose a societal problem and look for way to solve it. For example, a class can research how plastic waste is destroying the ocean and what can be done to fix it. Follow that with going on a field trip to the local beach, in order to collect all the garbage that is littering the shore. This will allow students to feel like they are part of the solution. Also, the teacher can have the class offer up other suggestions in which to help the environment as a …show more content…
As a result, asking students to divulge their opinion on current events and societal issues will not be enough, teachers must also inquire on which current events matter. With the application of progressivism, educators will have an open discussion with the students to assess which parts of the curriculum are working for them and which are not. Also, which of the things that are conferenced about in class, be it class work or societal issues, have the biggest effect on them and their education. Therefore, educators maximize what students learn by placing the importance on the process by which students learn (Cohen, 1999). Something which does not work, or does not get through to the students has no place in the classroom; the point is to progress not become stagnant. An effective strategy, based on progressivism, is a Socratic seminar. By utilizing this strategy the teacher will be able to ask high order thinking questions, as well as encouraging students to participate by prompting them to think critically before responding to the teacher and their

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