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Philosophy of Education – Revised

This is a short revision to my previous piece on my philosophy of education. With this, I have aimed to try and better encompass my beliefs and understandings of what an educator is in a direct and brief statement.

The role of an educator is ever growing and extremely complex in nature. One must not only act as a beacon of knowledge and information, but then must work numerous ways of ensuring that this information is passed to students in a viable, relatable, and understandable way. This is extremely difficult to do on its own, but that does not fully encompass the role of an educator. One must also be aware of their students and their lives. They must be willing to step back out of their own shoes and do everything that they can to ensure success for each and every child to the best of their abilities. This means going beyond just teaching content. This means that an educator teaches everything, from math and English to life skills and awareness of all facets of the world around us. It is extremely complex and unimaginably difficult. Yet people do it each and every day. They pour themselves into their work and aim to push past the limits of what is plausible and possible to create the best future possible for the next generations.

I aim to cater my own role as an educator to fit within these stringent parameters. I want to be the teacher that is there for my students no matter what they need or when they need it. This will no doubt include long evenings and sleepless nights as I work to perfect lessons and even just to understand students as they come into my life, and I into theirs. With time, patience, and love, I hope to create a classroom, every year, that acts as a place of caring, warm, and learning. Afterall, students learn the best when they feel safe and happy. They learn the best when they feel like they and their input is important, which both of these things are. My role will be difficult and there will be times that I feel it is too much, but I hope to never stop helping students to grow, and I hope that with this, I never stop growing and learning myself.

TEDU 414 – Philosophy of Teaching

This is a personal writing and perspective of my own philosophy on teaching. It touches on several ideas based around teaching and was a way for me to really consider what I believe to be true for teaching.

Philosophy of Teaching

The role of a teacher is simple, yet complex. They are there to act as a mentor to students, as someone who can help a young mind come to understand the world in which they live, both academically and in life itself, and furthermore, help them to find where they belong in such a vast place. A teacher’s role is to facilitate learning and promote internal and external growth in their students through dedication, care, patience, and love. And as such, a teacher must be aware that all students learn their best differently and must then be able to cater their teaching to these differences. A good teacher, a teacher who truly wants to see their students succeed and excel in shaping the future of our world, is one that will work with a student, no matter what they need, and help that child to reach their full potential in all areas of learning.

With my own teaching, I hope to be able to fulfill this role as a mentor, a guide, and a caregiver. I will do everything in my power to ensure that my students not only learn, but have all of the necessary tools to learn what they need to and have fun while doing so. I hope to incorporate a plethora of different lessons and activities in my teaching, such as getting the students moving with content based movement games or allowing them to so their artist expression and understanding of a subject through fine arts and projects, to ensure that all of my students, no matter if they are a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner, gain something from their schooling. And not only will I work to make sure that they have what they need to be prepared for the future, but I will also be sure to be prepared myself before teaching them. I will plan my lessons beforehand, using the state standards as guidelines and my own thinking as well as help from my fellow teachers or other resources, to ensure maximum time spent learning and reduce the chance of any issues with time or behavioral management. After all, the less time spent quieting the class down or setting up an activity, the more time can be spent actually teaching the content. Technology will also have a place in my classroom. I hope to be able to use any available technology to enhance my teaching, whether it be implementing SmartBoard, interactive activities into my teaching or simply helping students to have visuals with their notes by creating PowerPoints. There is nothing that I would not try to use in my classroom to expand and help perfect the effectiveness of my teaching.

While there is always room for growth and improvement, and one should never stop striving to learn and grow, there are a few aspects of my teaching that I know work in my favor as an effective teacher. I am very energetic. It is easy for me to get a group of students excited or for a lesson because I am able to go into a room with pep and pizzazz enough to make the content interesting. I am also quite patient and can easily sit down and work on something for long periods of time without issue. But even being such, I understand that my students may not be the same and that sometimes we may just need to change things up. I also come from a very diverse family and background, with all of my family being from places all over the world, and can use that to not only interest students, but also connect with them. I can use it as a stepping stone to support diversity in my class and help students understand we are all different, but that it is good and it makes us who we are. These are just a few of traits that I know I possess and can use to better support my students as they learn. But even with that said, there is so much more for me to discover. I hope to continue to build up my teaching and my own learning so that I can better help to inspire students to do the same, to keep learning, to keep growing, and to keeping working towards being the best person that they can be.

TEDU 389 – Pearson’s Perspective Assignment

This is a snapshot from an assignment for TEDU 389, in which the class practiced assessing writing and then compared our assessments to the actual scores of various student writings. It was a very eye-opening experience for myself and helped me to see that scoring and assessing takes a lot of time and thought to do accurately.

I have learned quite a few things from this activity. First and foremost, I have discovered that I am not a fan of the way the different traits were lumped together in only two categories. It made trying to score some of the writings very frustrating. For instance in one paper in particular, the one about why the mother was special,I felt that the organization and ideas were pretty strong, but the word choice, voice, and sentence fluency needed more work. Needless to say, the score I gave the piece was higher than the score they gave the piece. Though I can’t say I’m surprised with how conflicted about it I was. I wanted to be more thorough with my scoring, to be honest, and so that bugged me a bit. But despite that, I did find that I either came close to what the professionals had scored the papers, or I was far too critical of the work and gave it a lower score. This just goes to show that scoring and assessing writing is not only subjective, to an extent, but also something that takes practice. It can be challenging to try and assign a score when you’re not used to working with scoring anything. So practice can definitely help to make sure that one’s scoring is more fair and accurate.

Making sure to teach the traits of writing is essential to helping students do well on assignments like this. The way that the papers are scored, even if I did not enough how they were presented, follows the traits almost to a tee. Scorers look at ideas, organization, word choice… all of the traits. So by making sure that such is a part of the writing process all the time and taught directly in class can help students to be prepared. They will not have to worry about incorporating something they don’t know about into their writing for an assignment like this because it will, hopefully, come naturally to them.