My Educational Philosophy Essay

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One of the many goals that I have as an elementary educator is to provide students with the tools necessary to be responsible, successful adults. By successful, I mean happy adults. I do not think that the salary that you earn is any indication of success.

Passive acceptance of the Teacher’s wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; It is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes a man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position. Bertrand
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A textbook can be an excellent guideline when it comes to standards but teaching is more of an interactive process.

By understanding our students as learners and as individuals, we can better develop lessons that meet the needs of all of our students it gives them a sense of accomplishment, achievement, and pride and can give them the confidence to tackle more difficult problems. I want my classroom to be a place where children are talking (about the subject matter), working with physical tools, and simply having fun learning, full of students who are excited, confident, and hungry for challenges.

To me, differentiation is the best way to achieve these goals. I am an advocate of differentiated instruction and plan to employ this method of instruction in my classroom. I feel that teaching through differentiated instruction is an empathetic approach to teaching. Many of the elements of differentiated instruction are in accordance with Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development. This social constructivist model of teaching and learning “deemphasize[s] lecturing and telling and encourage[s] instead the active engagement of students in establishing and pursuing their own learning objectives” (Noddings, 2007, p. 127). Some of the implications of Vygotsky’s theory include “help[ing] children acquire the basic cognitive tools of various activities and academic disciplines…use group learning activities to help

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