Philosophy of Education Essay

747 Words Dec 25th, 2012 3 Pages
Fostering Student’s Well-Being - Janey Gidion

Many years ago, I wrote a mission statement for myself: “I will live my life with conscious awareness, integrity and joy, guided by principles and values that expand my spirit and foster life-long learning while supporting my family, friends and other to do the same.” My philosophy of life is undeniably linked to my philosophy on teaching. I consider the teaching role to be an extension of who I am. I value the uniqueness of the human experience. I care for and about my students in the same manner that I care for my family; in the same way I want others to care for those who are dear to me. It is through the practice of consideration
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That being said, I believe that students of all ages very much respect and respond to the teacher's level of wisdom, knowledge, and skill. The effective mentor is both a supportive friend and facilitator as well as an archive of useable and practical experience. And so when learning is rooted in trust and mutual respect, I am able to set high expectations for students because they know I believe in their power to succeed. And I know that I shall demand excellence from them only when I, too, have given it. Mutual respect and genuine concern for the sacred process we engage in enables us to work together. Ultimately, therefore; I am the best educator when I have empowered my students to educate themselves.
School curriculum demands that teachers instruct students on Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science, and so on. These subjects are taught in terms of the educational, economic, social, and political culture that has been created within the district. This is the reality of system. I believe we can use this situation as a teaching tool – educating our students to be "independent" as well as "interdependent" and learn to recognize the contradictions life offers. Alongside with standard curriculum, I believe it is the obligation of teachers to cultivate freedom of thought, the ability to articulate oneself, respect of another’s point of view, graciousness in both victory and defeat and the capacity to listen and think critically. While character traits and

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