My Personal Philosophy of Education Essay
As a child, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always said that I wanted to do something to help other people. I realized that even though teachers do not get a lot of respect, or money, they have the greatest job anyone could ever hope for. They help children become adults. All children are inspired by someone to be what they will become in the future. Teachers inspire those of all professions; police officers, firefighters, secretaries, carpenters, bankers, trash collectors, actors, truck drivers, fast food workers, scientists, inventors, doctors, lawyers, even the president. Imagine how it would feel to know that you are the reason someone developed something to benefit mankind, saved a …show more content…
My most prominent philosophy is progressivism because of my respect for other’s individuality and development of social skills. I don’t believe that students can learn only by reading and listening to lectures. They must be active in the learning process. As a progressivist, I will encourage students to develop skills such as cooperation and tolerance for different points of view. Through John Dewey’s five-step method they will learn to become problem solvers. Dewey’s problem solving method is 1. Become aware of the problem, 2. Define it, 3. Propose various hypotheses to solve the problem, 4. Examine the consequences of each hypothesis in light of previous experience, and 5. Test the most likely solution. This approach to problem solving also teaches the students to think their actions through before they act.
I plan to approach discipline as a behaviorist, through B.F. Skinner’s behavior modification program. Behaviorists believe that human nature is a product of one’s environment; thus, we should identify those environments that best utilize humankind’s potential. In this stage, democratically set rules that are just and