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Philosophy of Education 1

Philosophy of Education Candice L. Moss

I believe society at large depends on the quality of the education our students


Philosophy of Education 2 receive. Therefore, my ideas of the broad goals of education for the society are a true reflection of the educational goals of the individuals and standards of the society in which the school resides. I feel that education should equip students with the ability to think critically, creatively, make conclusions, and communicate effectively so they will have the necessary skills and knowledge to be contributing members of society who are good citizens and effective workers in the future. I also believe it is important for schools to involve businesses to lend employees knowledge to help create productive members of society and instill the importance of global awareness and a concerned citizen. The Student I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. Therefore I view the students as capable individuals who will enter a dynamic classroom that is a caring, equitable environment where they will be responsible for themselves as well as their own learning based on the tools I will provide them to become successful in life, to believe themselves, and to respect others. I hope that through my mentoring, excitement for the material, keeping the learning process student centered, and my effort to help students improve their problem their problem solving skills my teaching will have a lasting impact on their lives. I hope that each student will walk away not only with the many layers of learning they experienced in a dynamic classroom environment, but they have learned more about themselves and how to interact more effectively with their peers. The student's role in his/her education is to realize that equal emphasis is placed on each student and that learning is a cooperative task. I don't believe the instructor should be the focus of the classroom; however I do expect that through my facilitation


Philosophy of Education 3 and guidance student are ultimately responsible for their development and learning. Their outcomes are a direct result to the effort they put into their work and the degree of involvement of the combination of their studies, campus life, and home life. Students should understand that because learning is the process through which development occurs, it is crucial for them to be actively engaged and interacting with their peers in the classroom. The Teacher I feel that the responsibility of learning should reside increasingly with the learner and the teacher's responsibility as a facilitator. I agree that students should construct their own understanding and that they do not simply mirror and reflect what they read. They should come to their own understanding of the material by learning in an environment that promotes confidence and motivation for the learner. Instead of telling, lecturing and providing answers I believe teachers should be asking, supporting and guiding the students to come to their own conclusions. In this role as the facilitator the instructor and the learners are equally involved in learning from each other as well, meaning that the learning experience is both subjective and objective and requires that the instructor’s culture, values and background become an essential part of the interaction between learners and tasks in the shaping of meaning. I believe that communication between learner and teacher is very important and will be a critical part of my online teaching as well. I don't feel you need to be in the middle of every conversation or must participate in every discussion. I find that by allowing student-to-student discussion and communication without being involved in every aspect of every discussion promotes working independently and under his/her own initiative. I


Philosophy of Education 4 would have to say however that although I primarily believe the teacher should take on the role as a facilitator, I believe that encompassing each of the teaching styles (facilitator, formal authority, demonstrator, and delegator) allows students personal flexibility by providing students with learning options thus giving them a new way of understanding of not only the course materials, but how to learn. The Curriculum I feel that it is essential to balance the content we teach with the context in which we teach. As I mentioned in one of our threaded discussions, I believe it is necessary that students not only have a solid grounding in the content area, but and understanding of how issues relate to the world outside the classroom because even as I think about the content and context in which I teach, I am drawn to thinking about the bigger picture and will illustrate to students that there are things beyond the classrooms that will profoundly shape them. So I strive to create a classroom environment in which students are encouraged to interrogate, problem solve and think critically about controversial issues and analyze world events. I believe that lessons should be taught in a way that engages students and leaves them with a deep understanding of the content. I don't believe in rote memorization. I feel that real learning begins when students start comprehending meaning from a wide range of situations and understanding the why and how of concepts. This can only be done successfully by my dedication to detailed planning and adapting lessons in ways that make content accessible to every student. I also believe that by getting to know my students and their interests is another essential key to engaging them and enhancing their learning. I believe by always integrating knowledge about students into the content and


Philosophy of Education 5 activities the learning becomes far more relevant and interesting to them. I also believe that one of the best ways students learn is when they are able to interact with each other. I plan on using constructivist practices and many of its facets in order to become an engaging teacher. However I don't believe centering my teaching only upon constructivism is the only way. I plan to use a variety of teaching techniques that will give my students a total educational experience. My Values One of the most important elements of my philosophy is creating a classroom environment that encourages all students to be part of the learning process. Because I believe whole-heartedly that values influence a person's behaviors and choices, they in turn are worthy of implementing into my classroom organization and management to help students gain a deeper understanding of each class lesson. The trick is to successfully implement my values of higher-level thinking, sense of accomplishment, respect, and creating stimulating and varied classroom instruction with effective time management and relevancy to each activity that will give students not only the necessary skills to successfully build their knowledge in my class, but that will prepare them for life outside the classroom. To accomplish this goal I will maintain a manageable classroom that is a balance of both control and freedom with the key element being respect.


Philosophy of Education