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What is your educational philosophy?
 
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My educational philosophy is that everyone can learn. Not everyone learns the same way at the same time, but everyone can learn. 


Zen Buddhism. 


Education must be enjoyable and never a chore! It is part of life's journey and will lead you where ever you want to go in life! BUT its hard work and hard play every day! 


If I can improve a student’s self concept, I firmly believe it will help them learn. By building on a foundation of strength, we can strive to overcome the weaknesses.
It is crucial that we connect our teaching to real life situations. If students can understand how the skill relates to a real life situation, they can better understand the importance of learning that skill. A “big picture” approach is required to help demonstrate how each skill learned is a step towards success. By such incremental achievement, students feel they will be able to use their new knowledge in their own lives, and hence, they are more eager to learn new skills.
Convincing students that “an error is not a terror” is another important philosophy. Perfection is not a requirement to success and even teachers make mistakes. Not knowing an answer is not the end of the world provided one is really trying. Knowing the answer is not as important as knowing how to go about finding it. That is the key to learning. As teachers, we need to encourage students of all ages to be curious and seek answers to their questions.
 


Eclectic teaching is my philosophy. Students grow up in a world that changes so rapidly. They're used to gameconsoles, television, the internet. So we have to fight for their attention to get our information into their heads. As teachers we can't stay behind and let children to their tricks during school and after schools' out they fall back into their fast habits.
Children cope with all these fast impulses. Learning is not an impulsive thing it's a rather slow proces. So learning is not a cool thing to do compared to these impulses they see trough internets, facebooks etc.

To make sure we can guarantee a high standard in education we have to make learning a 'cool' thing again. So our teaching has to change into a way that we can get their full attention. I read a blogpost by someone that said that we, as teachers, must have a certain amount of entertainment in the way we bring our messages across.

That means we must be able to switch between teaching styles in a split second. Every student needs a different approach so we can't just sit and do our thing and hope they will understand our lessons. We need education that entertains and teaches at the same time. Not an easy thing to do but it will be more and more necessary.

An eclectic teaching style.
 


Relationships come first.

Teach less (but be more focussed) and have students do more. They need more independent practice time than we often give them (guilty as charged for my hypocrisy on this one).

Always model (don't "tell") what you want students to aim for. They need to know/see what you expect from them.

Do more sorting activities. This philosophy doesn't come from any research I've seen, but makes intuitive sense to me. When students sort disparate words, objects, concepts into categories of their choosing (frequently), they become better able to determine/infer key concepts & main ideas. Their sorting rule for each grouping created is the main idea or key concept for that group (of words, objects, etc.). Great way to teach paragraphing and determining importance. I, personally, think it trains the brain to seek key concepts more readily.

Go deep. It takes longer, but makes all the difference to student engagement. Student engagement is the route to success. Going deep means you must connect your lessons to real life. Going deep makes school relevant.
 


My philosophy of education is to provide an inquiry-based atmosphere in which students can explore and create. In my English I class I use project based learning and technology to make learning enjoyable for all. Because my students have a variety of strengths, weakness and learning styles, I design each lesson so that it is diversified enough so that all students are able to succeed.

I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.
 


I like to bring out from my students what they already know in themselves - empowering them to develop their natural inner wisdom and to respect what they know.

I do add technical information in my training - however personal experience and experiential learning is my leaning.
 


All children can learn, and should learn. Learning should not be forced; instead it should be presented--as the gift it is. 


American students are categorically taught not to think. I believe it is my responsibility as an educator and as a citizen to rectify that.

I teach my classes with a multi-modal approach to learning. My classes are inquiry based, and student-centered - which means that I spend about half of the term coaching students on how to ask questions, and then standing there while uncomfortable silence fills the room until they start thinking and talking.

I use a combination of lecture, hands-on application workshops, and student-led discussion groups to teach Sociology. It is challenging. Students would prefer I just tell them what they need to pass the class, and then let them get on with memorizing it. They are often disappointed :)
 


"Learning German with a smile ..." 


Repeat, repeat, repeat. 


I could be cliched or come up with something really clever; but the best piece of advice I seem to remember and practice for myself is simple:
"Keep it simple & stupid" (K.I.S.S)
 


Everyone is capable of learning. It is up to the teacher to find a way to make it happen throw a genuine caring attitude and always remember to make it fun. 


The etymology of the word eduation is Latin (educatio); it means to draw out. One cannot teach another person anything, if the other person is are not willing to learn. 



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