My Philosophy of Education
Every teacher needs their own philosophy about education. However, they must first have the passion to teach. If they do not enjoy working with children or lack the patience, then they do not need to be teaching or working in education. Their own philosophy is usually influenced by their elders or past teachers. The textbook, Education, states that a philosophy simply means a "state of ideas about the nature of reality and about the meaning of life." When I become a teacher, I will have my own ways of doing different things and I will have my own thought on certain situations. I plan to make learning fun and creative. If the subject is boring, the student is less likely to pay attention to what is being taught and may never grasp the concept. There are many roles that are in Education and the society today. Some are influenced by the schools. Others are influenced by the teachers, family, and students.
The Role of Schools in Today's Society
Schools have a huge impact on society and education today. They give you a positive environment for you to learn in. "School is a community." This means that the classroom is set up according to the subject that is being taught. "Teachers serve as leaders, and the principal acts as a lead teacher." Parents are partners to the teachers. However, depending on the school, the class sizes may vary. Students learn better in a large class setting, where as others may learn better in a small class setting. School is not meant to be a babysitter for children during the day but yet it is to be a large learning tool in a child's life.
I have grown up in a family where I was taught to respect my elders. Those elders can be parents, family members, teachers, and other professional people. The teacher plays a huge role when it comes to education. They are the leader in the school. They are to encourage the student to want to learn. They teach the student how to behave and different lessons. The school provides the student with a well rounded social atmosphere to help them deal with different people that they might encounter in the future.
Student's Role in Education
The student plays a great role in education too. They can give the teacher a challenge in many ways. It could be that the students force the teacher to have to expand and reroute their lesson plans in order for the student to fully comprehend what is being taught. The student impacts their own education by their willingness to learn or not to learn and the willingness to attend class. This can affect their own education if they have negative feelings towards attending school. The foundation that they build in school at a young age affects their future careers.
The Teacher's Role in Education
The role of a teacher in today's education is extremely important. They are there to support and encourage the student to want to learn. They also are supposed to make learning fun and creative while being easy to comprehend. They make the lesson plans interesting and unique in order to help the student learn most effectively. By keeping the students attention, they gain their respect. Teachers are not respected by many people even though they usually have to be put through some of the hardest situations imaginable. For example, not only do teachers have to deal with their own problems at home and at work, they also have to deal with their students' problems.
Teacher's have to make all lessons to be taught in different ways in order to help every student learn effectively. Some of the different learning styles of the students are Kinesthetic, Visual, and Auditory. These are the main types. Kinesthetic is a lesson taught through doing or creating something with your hands. Visual is a lesson that involves pictures, maps, or some sort of visual aid. Auditory is teaching through lectures and talking. Students do not always learn through lectures. Lectures have never helped me. I know that elementary age students do not comprehend constant talking. They learn by doing hands-on activities such as games, drawing, and other craft-like activities.
Diversity of Families
There are many types of families and they all have their own beliefs about the way things should be done. I know that I will probably ending up teaching someone who speaks very little English or who comes from a different culture. I could try to incorporate their culture into the lesson by referring to different beliefs and events in my history lesson. When teaching math, I could teach them money conversions with their money and with the American dollar. In English I could use spelling words from their language along with English. In arts and crafts, I can pull their holidays into the same lessons and crafts as those of Americans. I could also learn how to incorporate it into science and music.
Teacher and Family United in Education
Teachers and parents playa vital role in education by working together to help the student. The teacher is supposed to keep the parents involved in their child's education through parent-teacher conferences and weekly or monthly report cards. Both parents and teachers should encourage the students to excel in school. Teachers should encourage the parents to stay involved as well as the parents wanting to be involved. "Nothing helps a child succeed like an involved parent. A little willingness from a child's parents can work wonders in the classroom (2009)." Parents are also encouraged to volunteer to help with different activities during the school year in order to stay involved in their child's life. It could be anywhere from helping with a carnival to tutoring in an after school program. By working in the school, it is easier for the parent to stay connected with their child.
Curriculum and Classroom Management
I plan to teach a young age somewhere around first to third grade. I will have to keep the curriculum simple while still covering the basics. I will have to find creative ways to integrate the lessons into fun activities. This way, they will be more likely to remember what I have taught. I am not the kind of teacher to yell at my students, so I will have to find a creative way to earn their respect. This will be very helpful when it comes to trying to keep their attention and for them to know that I care about everyone of them.
Education plays a big role in society today. The students playa large role in their own education as well as the teachers. The teachers are supposed to make the lessons fun and well rounded. They may have to incorporate different cultures into the lessons. Students have to be willing to learn and attend school. I know that when I become a teacher, I will have to gain their respect and make the environment safe.
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