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The Personal Philosophy of an Aspiring Teacher
EDU360 Philosophy of Education
November 12, 2012

In one form or another, philosophies of education have existed throughout many years of our history, dating back much further than the development of the first classroom. From the beginning, the philosophy of education has existed in some sense, whether with the past educational practices of survival of a specific population or culture in a home setting, or the state regulated educational system and practices existing today. While the philosophy of education is a very diverse subject involving many questions, concerns, debates, and opinions, it can be primarily summed up by defining the philosophy of education as an ongoing conversation about the important issues and concerns focusing in education, and involving teachers, students, learning, and knowledge. Many classical educational philosophies exist today, including old to newly recent additions, but as an educator of anything to anyone, it is important to own a personal educational philosophy to help make everyday decisions throughout a career. Many personal philosophies may run similar, but because every individual has their own individuality, ideas, knowledge, experience, and opinion, no two personal philosophies share all of the same views. With some philosophies, theories are teacher-centered, and with others, student-centered, but they all have the same goal: and the goal is to provide students with the best education possible. Being a college student with future dreams of providing knowledge and education to students, I find it essentially important to have developed my own personal philosophy of education, and carry on my philosophy to my future career. Including all aspects on philosophical education, including what I plan to teach and to who, I aim to lay out my beliefs of what makes up the best, personal philosophy of education, and why these beliefs make up a beneficial philosophy. I believe that by looking into any educator’s personal philosophy, milestones of their career can be explained by their views and beliefs. In this view, I feel that you can see a reflection of their previous career history, ranging from the grade level and subjects taught, to experiences that they have learned from in past situations. While a general philosophy is great to have when entering the basic educational field, a more personalized philosophy will be more benefit a more specific area within the educational environment. I feel that my desired grade level and subject influences my personal philosophy a bit, because I plan to teach a specific, middle school grade level, with a subject area of English/Language Arts. After I find a firmly-planted position as an English teacher, and I have my bearings, I also plan to teach an Art course as well. When I look at my personal philosophy as only an English educator, I see many different views and takes on things. When I look at my personal philosophy as an Art teacher only, I see that some of my views and beliefs as an English educator change if only viewing a philosophy as an Art teacher. While this is a bit indecisive, which is somewhere you usually do not want to be as an educator, I feel that it is good that I have found the fact that philosophies differ based on different educational fields of study, and that I have identified my own views and beliefs that are most likely to change if my area of study changes. Overall, I feel that the look in on philosophy from different subject areas results in different perspectives will be highly beneficial to both me and my students throughout my career. This allows me to view the educational field differently while still holding on to my values as an educator, but also allows me to remain open to new ideas, which proves highly beneficial to students everywhere.

Forming a personal philosophy of education can be a difficult task when you do not know where to start. Many...
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