Philosophy of Education
April 16, 2013
A philosophy of education is something that should be as fluid as water. Philosophy is defined in several different ways that you can apply to education. One definition of philosophy suggests that it is a particular system of thought based on such study or investigation. It is also defined as a system of principles for guidance in practical affairs. With both of these definitions in mind you must reflect and reevaluate your thinking throughout. A philosophy is a not a hard, fast iron clad way of thinking that cannot be changed. As I have thought through this assignment over the last few weeks I have done some ...view middle of the document...
I believe that teachers feel there is some competition taking place that pits teacher versus teacher. That makes no sense to me. We should be a cooperative group of people all motivated to achieve the same goals; to enrich and educate children the best of ability. I used the word enrich because I think that goes beyond the classroom education and content knowledge that I distribute.
Enrichment is taking something, and adding to it to make the original better. I see this as half of the goal of education. Content knowledge is great but depends of some level of interest from the student. Enrichment is about the intangible things I can teach children. These enriching skills and lessons have less to do with history but more to do with human beings. I try to approach other professionals in the building with these ideas in mind. I considered myself to be a professional but I am by no means an expert. When discussing strategies and pedagogy with other educators I try to keep an open mind, and make note of the things that I can apply to my own classroom setting. Every teacher operates their classroom in a different way. My classroom runs with a little more freedom than others. With that said however, that freedom should not be seen as a lack of management and control. I have implemented several things suggested to me by teachers over the years, and I am very glad to have done it. It often saves time, and headache. In my building there are five or six teachers I feel like I can approach for honest, reasonable, and thoughtful responses to questions about the craft of teaching. I have never felt this challenge in a building in my career. This is my 7th year in education and the 1st in this building but there no trust among the faculty at my current school. At my former school I felt...