Essay about Educational Goals and Philosophy
Teaching is a complex occupation that requires as much empathy and emotion as it does educational skill. I had always dreamed of becoming a teacher, and realized after having my own children, that I would not truly be fulfilling my purpose in life if I did not pursue this dream. As a volunteer at the elementary school in my community, I loved the environment and took tremendous joy in watching the children learn. I felt that I had the ability, along with the dedication and desire, it would take to become a full time educator. To achieve this goal I will strive to give my students a positive beginning, provide confidence in their individual abilities, and prepare them for different aspects in …show more content…
According to psychologist Howard Gardner, “We all have strengths, weaknesses, and unique combinations of cognitive abilities.” I want my students to realize that every talent is special and has a purpose. I want them to realize their own talents, embrace and expand them. I will use visual, auditory, and kinesthetic methods while I teach to ensure that I connect with each of my student’s needs.
I find it arduous to categorize my philosophy on education. I feel that as I gain more experience in the classroom, through observation and student teaching, my views will continue to change. Presently, I find myself agreeing with the Essentialism philosophy views more than any other style. I believe that in order to achieve success, we all must have the foundations of the basic “three Rs” and the core information they bestow. The fundamentals provided by reading, writing, and arithmetic are a necessity in gaining knowledge and their use is an essential part of everyday situations. While I value the past, I also feel that we must work towards the future. I feel that as technology advances, it is a teacher’s responsibility to guarantee that the students advance with it. For example, computer skills are essential in today’s world, but without the primary basics, these skills would be worthless. Centuries ago, Francis Bacon