A Chinese proverb states, “Tell me and I’ll forget; Show me and I may remember, but involve me and I’ll understand.” I believe this holds true to teaching children. My philosophy of education is having a student centered curriculum. We can’t expect to lecture a child, nor demonstrate a project and expect them to absorb the information. Every child learns in their own different way and it’s the teacher’s responsibility to encompass all learning styles. Having a student-centered curriculum which incorporates all different learning styles is the best method for teaching students. These learning styles, better known as Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences include linguistic, logical/mathematical, spatial, bodily kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalist intelligences.
I believe students should be put first and the curriculum to be focused on the student's needs, abilities, interests and their learning styles, to finally prepare them for the future. I believe in working with the students and determining what should be learned and how best to learn it. My personal philosophy of education includes beliefs in progressivism. I agree students learn best through real-world experiences which are meaningful to them. The progressivist curriculum is peer centered, growth centered, action centered, process and change centered and community centered. In the classroom, my students can spend a considerable amount of time with the community beyond the classroom. They can experience the arts by visiting galleries and theatres, learn biology outside, discover science through museums. They can experience social studies by interacting in social groups. Students will also be allowed to actively participate in discovery learning, through a variety of hands on activities. Pictures, objects, videos, books, and texts will be supplied to benefit every learner. Through my own person experiences in my education, I discovered I've learned best when it was related...
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