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My Personal Educational Philosophy Paper: An Eclectic View

“Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don’t know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.” – Sir William Haley

Everyone has his or her own defining moment of independence. For some it may be getting their driver’s license and taking themselves where they need or want to go; for others, turning 18 and registering to vote. Moving out of the parents’ house, going off to college, or walking to the bus stop solo are other examples. For me, my independence started at that exhilarating moment around the age of 4 or 5 when I could start to read a simple book all by myself. At that moment, I realized the power I had harnessed, and I never wanted to let that go for anything.

The role a school plays is society is an important and necessary one. It is a place away from home where children aged 5 to 18 will spend the majority of their days and it is a school and educator’s job to passionately support the stimulation and development of learners of all abilities and backgrounds. I believe that even if a student does not “master” something, if she encounters something new, enjoys it and is the better for it, then she has learned something. For the most part, a teacher cannot control the type of student they will teach that year. How much has the student already mastered? Are they an engaged and excited learner, or just “showing up?” How much support do they receive at home? What other personal things are going on in this child’s life that might prevent them from receiving the best possible education? I know that the romanticized experience I had of the educational system in my personal life is not necessarily a shared passion that students will have when they enter my classroom. Because of this difference, it is important to assess what each student already knows, discover what they...
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