Why and How I will Teach
Why and How I Will Teach
I am a new student in the area of education, eager and excited to be studying the foundations of the art and science of teaching and developing my own initial teaching philosophies. I recognize that these beliefs will change over time based on my time spent in the classroom, my failures and triumphs throughout my career, and the complex landscape that we build upon. As our world is ever-changing and developing, it is crucial that as teaching professionals, we are flexible to adjust lessons and approaches to meet our students’ needs. Beginning my journey with a philosophy based on a sound inventory is going to be beneficial for me and allow me to set goals and learn from the approaches of other educators that have the same preferences.
I want to be a teacher for several reasons. I want to play a role in inspiring students to have a desire to learn and to find a passion for thinking and problem-solving. I want to encourage students to have goals and to be aggressive about pursuing and accomplishing those goals, and I want to show students how accomplishing their individual goals can and should also be used to benefit the society at large. I have a very blended teaching philosophy. While I most certainly understand and completely support the notion that we need to prepare students in common core standards in order for them to reach their future goals and compete in the global economy, I also understand that we need to teach them much more than simply math, science, social studies, and English. We need to teach them or lead them in teaching themselves how and why to apply that knowledge.
In my opinion, all students have the ability to learn. The challenge for educators is to remember to look at each student as an individual and to teach from a holistic perspective. That does not mean that we cannot continue to apply tested techniques in our approach. It does mean that when we are not seeing...
References: Kauchak, D. & Eggen, P. (2011). Introduction to teaching: Becoming a professional (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, (201-216).
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