Philosophy of Education Essay

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September 15, 2014 Philosophy Essay I believe that each student is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. As an educator, I want to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, support, love and invites a sharing of ideas. If I look my-self in the past, I was not a good student who does well in academics. Until in college, I always questioned, ‘what is the point of this class?’, and ‘is this material actually useful when I’m in the real world?’ I did not know the purpose of studying and memorizing the materials that I will forget after test. I tried my best to study for test but I was discouraged always when I saw my score. I was never taught to apply the learning to be my own skills. Just hearing the lecture, memorizing, and learning what has been taught did not motivate me to study. Now, my thoughts and minds are totally changed because I found what I have to do and why I have to study when I met Jesus Christ. As I am studying about education to be a teacher, I found my philosophy of education based on my personal experiences of failures in the past. My philosophy of education is a mixture of progressivism and social deconstructionism. I strongly believe that students learn best by using hands-on activities and manipulatives to actually comprehend the concept and the basic skills. The scenario that was given in the assignment where the teacher of American History class wanted the students to develop in critical thinking skills, helping them solve problems, making informed decisions, and participate in lessons. Since my educational philosophy is based on progressivism and social deconstructionism, I would provide a group projects to gain more interest and to involve all students. I still

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