How I hope to teach in my future position

Philosophy is not a theory but an activity

How I hope to teach in my future position is that I want students to be excited about learning. I also want to treat every one of my students as if they are all important and are capable of learning. I need to be aware of their needs and help them overcome
any barriers that may be preventing them from learning.

I have found after reading about the different philosophy that I mostly agree with Progressivism. I think it is important to remember that every child learns differently and therefore should be taught differently. With progressivism it focuses on the child rather
than the subject matter. It focuses on teaching children how to take what they
have learned and apply it to everyday situations. I think that children should
learn basic information but should be taught it in a way that they will be able
to use it in their life. Education should not be about a teacher in front of
the class lecturing on a subject putting the class to sleep.

I recently started to think back to high school and have been disappointed in myself for not learning more. I love history and learning about how our country has changed and what has caused these changes but I have found that I do not remember what I learned in school. I don’t want to blame my lack of knowledge all on my teachers but I think that
if they would have made it more interesting I would have been able to learn and
remember more of it. I remember one of my history teachers would lecture the
whole hour, and I would try so hard to stay awake. I really wanted to learn but
it was so hard and he had a monotone voice that would put any one to sleep. I
feel that the classroom should be full of active learning, requiring class
participation. One way to make history more exciting is that the student can be
given a famous person or event to research. Then the students can then act out
what they have learned.

I also feel that the home environment contributes to a Childs learning. Maslow identified 5 key points and in order to reach the next step the bottom step needed to be obtained first. A child that is abused in the home will prevent them from having their physiological needs met and therefore prevent them from moving on. In other words prevent them from learning. I also could relate to the authors story in making waves in that
since he was not able to be in the “in group” he felt like he did not belong
and therefore made it impossible for him to reach the need to know stage. I can
relate to this because I was very shy in school and did not fit in at all.
Every day I would just sit in the corner of the classroom and try not to be
noticed. I hated school and dreaded going there. I did not start truly learning
until I was able to make friends. As a teacher I need to know each and every
child in my class and I need to find out what they may be lacking in their life
that may be preventing them from learning.

I really enjoyed the video that Dr. Gusa posted on the discussion board called a class divided.
I thought it was really interesting that when the students where on the top for the day they had a faster time going hrough the cards then on the day that they were wearing the collars. Wearing the collars had convinced them that they were inferior to the other eye color because she told them it was so. I just mostly related it more to the fact that
what a teacher or parent tells a child greatly affects the way they perceive
themselves. If a teacher or parent tells a child that they are worthless then
the child may start to believe it and not do well in school. This is known as Emotional
abuse “which is the constant belittling, criticizing, and pulling down of a child,
most often done verbally, damaging a child’s intellectual.”  Emotional abuse can scare a child for life, making them less likely to accomplish much with their life. On the other hand if the same child was told over and over again that they can do it and is given
encouragement then their attitude can change.

Every child in the classroom is important and deserves to be treated as an individual.  I need to become receptive to each of the children’s needs so that they can learn and develop self confidence to help them achieve their potential.



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