Teaching Philosophy Statement Essay

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Teaching Philosophy Statement

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” (Henry B. Adams). I can’t remember when I decided that I wanted to become a teacher. I didn’t just wake up one morning and think to myself I want to be a teacher, it just seems that I always knew that I would teach. Both of my parents are teachers but they actually tried to persuade me to go into a different profession. Even though I was warned about the disadvantages of being a teacher, I knew I wanted to become a teacher.

As a child one of my favorite games to play was school. I could play school for hours whether I was teaching my little sisters or a classroom of stuffed animals. I think that I loved playing school
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I do not agree with every part of every philosophy, but I do agree with some philosophies more than others. I believe in many different philosophies and I have combined different philosophies to make my own educational philosophy statement.

My education philosophy is partly based on essentialism. I strongly believe the classroom should be centered on traditional academic subjects such as writing, reading, math, and computing. It is extremely important for a student to master these fundamental subjects. This core academic curriculum provides the foundation on which all other subjects are built on.

I also agree with some of the aspects of the behaviorist philosophy. I agree with the behaviorist view that a child accumulates knowledge through repeated exposures to stimuli and the reward system. I believe that a child acquires knowledge as the result of repeated interactions with the environment. I also agree with the behaviorist theory that the behavior of a student can be shaped. I feel that by controlling the rewards and punishments behavior can be changed. I would try this method in my classroom by ignoring disruptive behavior and rewarding appropriate behavior.

My education philosophy is mostly based on progressivism. I think that the needs of the individual child should be emphasized. I agree with John Dewey’s idea that curriculum experiences should be based on children’s interests and should involve children in active experiences. I believe that

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