Personal Philosophy of Education

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“To instruct someone… is not a matter of getting him to commit results to mind. Rather, it is to teach him to participate in the process that makes possible the establishment of knowledge. We teach a subject not to produce little living libraries on that subject, but rather to get a student to think mathematically for himself, to consider matters as an historian does, to take part in the process of knowledge-getting. Knowing is a process not a product.” (Jerome Bruner) To truly teach someone, you must poke and prod with steadfast determination until you find a way for him or her to completely understand. That’s why I believe that teaching is a great challenge, and even though some types of learning are best conveyed in a traditional fashion, for most other types of learning, a non-traditional form of is more enjoyable. As a future educator, I will have a whole classroom full of individuals with different learning styles, different strengths, weaknesses, attitudes, lifestyles, and different motivations, and because of this, I will have to make sure that my students feel connected to what they are learning. One way, is to incorporate a lot of creativity with traditional and non-traditional learning stylesin the classroom, which then causes learning to be fun and hands on. Students will become interested and eager to learn, and feel more productive. They will become thinkers and problem solvers. If students are taught in a way they will remember, then in the future they will be able to put this knowledge to use in different situations. I believe it is a teacher’s responsibility to prepare students for the inevitable changes that will occur in their lives by instilling confidence and knowledge while presenting a good role model. Teachers play such an important role in a child’s life, sometimes being their only source of encouragement and support, therefore, teachers should want to know their students and academic level, so...
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