Teaching Philosophy Kimberly Battle Grand Canyon University SED 580B: Student Teaching II November 30, 2009
Personal Educational Philosophy My personal educational philosophy is most closely based on the educational philosophy of progressivism. I strongly believe that the learning environment should be student-led, with passive guidance from teachers. During my student teaching experience, I have observed that students can learn a great deal through collaborative learning and having the teacher fulfill the role of the facilitator. Students should be aware that knowledge comes from many sources and they should be encouraged to discover information that is memorable rather than read facts from a textbook. Students succeed in environments where they can conceptualize the main ideas; retaining the basic concepts and applying that knowledge to real world circumstances. Family and Consumer Sciences is my passion because it is a subject that brings real life experiences to the core subjects. Whether I am teaching a student to use their math skills to increase a recipe by six servings or using current world events to analyze family structures, students can apply Family and Consumer Sciences to issues that are currently affecting them. My educational philosophy is rooted in having the student produce projects that incorporate basic skills with practical learning. As an educator, I expect that each one of my students rise up and beyond the standard of mastery that I know they can achieve. It is important to me that I set realistic goals for my students, followed by differentiated activities to help decrease the gap among learners of various abilities which is common in a career technology classroom. I believe that education is the key to success for young students and society. I want my students to experience meaningful, practical learning that applies to their lives regardless of the path they choose upon completion of high school. Throughout my career I will
strive to create learning opportunities for the student that will not only improve the learner academically, but also as a citizen of society. Ensuring that the students know how to use the skills that they learn in the classroom when they are in the real world is a top priority as an educator. I believe that this can be achieved through cooperative learning, role-playing, hands-on activities, and the use of technology. I have learned during my student teaching that if students are active participants in the learning process, then they retain the information longer and become more confident in their abilities as a student and as a productive citizen of society.