If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything

Education, desire, intelligence, passion and talent are great tools to have in one teacher’s belt; however without a strong philosophical belief system holding your belt up one will have a difficult time trying to get all education, desire, passion and talent out of you and into your students. LouAnne Johnson shares her teaching philosophy, it is simple and to the point and one that she shares with her students often: When students believe success is possible, they will try. She also shares that once she solidified her philosophy to this one simple sentence, teaching became much simpler and more enjoyable, and her students stopped fighting with her and started learning (Johnson, 2011).
My educational philosophy is a work in progress as I begin to ponder what it is that I will choose to teach by. I have always been really fond of the words said by Dr. Seuss,
“It is better to know how to learn than to know.”
There is so much out there to know, you cannot possibly know everything; however, if you know how to learn you have the ability to know anything. I want to make sure my students know how to learn and to be excited about the learning process. School is a short time in a person’s life and there will always be someone to tell you what it is that you should know when you know how to learn you can find out all that you think you should know too.Image result for Progressivism PhilosophyLooking over the chart entitled Classroom Applications of the Educational Philosophies my thoughts are consistent with Progressivism Philosophy which main educational goal is to develop problem solving, decision making and other life skills. Teaching methods emphasize applications in problem based learning, cooperative learning, and discovery with guidance. Assessment is an ongoing informal assessment (Kauchak, 2014, p. 161). When I begin to teach I do not want to sit up in front of the class and talk all day while my students listen. I want the kids to get hands on approach and be a part of their learning
Work Cited
Johnson, L. (2011). Do Your Homework. In Teaching outside the box: How to grab your students by their brains (2nd ed.). San
Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
Kauchak, D., & Eggen, P. (2014). Educational Philosophy and Your Teaching In Introduction to Teaching: Becoming a Professional
(5th ed., p 161). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: PH/Merrill/Pearson

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