Essay about The Philosophy And Educational Philosophy

745 Words Oct 9th, 2016 3 Pages
Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato, each constructed their own philosophies on life and learning. These philosophies left an impression on education in the ways teachers reach students. An effective teacher builds a philosophy on how to teach and how students will learn to their fullest potential. From the moment you enter my classroom, it’s apparent how the environment centers on the students. From the furniture, to the interactive bulletin boards, the students’ surroundings support learning. Two educational philosophies I model my beliefs and teachings from are: progressivism and constructivism; both student- based theories. The philosophers and educational influences I base my philosophy from are: Maria Montessori, John Dewey, Jean Piaget, and Friedrich Frobel. Not one philosophy model completes my own beliefs; instead, I’ve integrated portions within my philosophy. For instance, hands-on experiences within the classroom use the students’ senses in the learning process. Progressive theorists such as Maria Montessori and John Dewey promoted hands-on experiences and whole child learning.
Progressivism is an educational theory emphasizing how ideas should be tested by experimentation and that learning is rooted in questions developed by learners. (Johnson et al. p. 111). Maria Montessori (19870-1952) was an educational philosopher who’s well known for her contributions, such as child-sized furniture and specially designed learning materials. The American Montessori Society…

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