My Educational Goals and Philosophy Statement 'The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others' -Grayson Kirk. The teaching philosophy of progressivism focuses on developing the whole child. This philosophy not only teaches the core subject material, but it also allows the teacher to help develop the person the child is going to be. John Dewey, founder of progressivism, denounced the scholarly and classical school of curriculum. Dewey thought children should not be taught what to think but how to think through a 'continuous reconstruction of experience.' This implies that children learn best when they do hands on activities, therefore, they are learning by doing. These hands on activities will also incorporate several of the multiple intelligences. The kinesthetic learners will be able to actually do the activity, visual learners get to see the activity being performed, and auditory learners get to hear the directions and steps as the teacher explains them. As a teacher, I intend to present many different activities to the classroom. I feel that is so important to incorporate as many learning styles as possible into each lesson. From my observation in my field experiences, a student that favors one learning style will perform better when that learning style is available for an activity. Hands-on activities also allow for the students to learn by relating what they are studying to the knowledge they have previously acquired. This perspective, know as constructivism, was based mostly on research performed by Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget. Children are not just em... ...g else out there that teachers can learn. New technology, for one, is something that develops each and every day. I feel that the addition of a special education classes as a requirement will further educate and prepare future educators who will continually be in contact with the special education students. As for me, I plan to take on any opportunity to excel in my teaching profession. I want to continue on in my Bachelor?s degree with a specialization in Math and move on to get my Master?s in administration. Education is a wonderful gift that is available to everyone who wants to take part. It is not only about the books and the teaching of the basics. Education is about developing the whole child. It will be my job to develop the child as a person, not just as a student. When I begin my teaching career, I will strive to develop every aspect of the child.
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