Teaching Philosophy

 

        Every successful teacher has a philosophy he/she uses to design and structure his/her classroom. Teaching philosophies are the stepping stones to a successful education program. Philosophies are the ideals and beliefs that teachers form from personal experiences with their student’s and educational environment. My teaching philosophies are based on classroom instructions, and educational readings, but most importantly on my field experiences in the various schools I have attended. My teaching philosophies are listed below.

1. Lessons should be built around a concept or generalization, not a set of facts (Harmin 1994)

2. Teaching in a deductive style is more effective than teaching in an inductive style (Orlich,Harder,Callahan, Gibson 1998)

3. Effective teaching covers all student’s sensory modalities and learning styles (Kincher 1990)

4. Teach students to become better learners-constructivism theory (Orlich,Harder,Callahan,Gibson 1998)

5. It is important to teach students from their topics of interest (Johnson 1998)

6. Student centered classrooms are more effective than teacher centered classrooms (Randolf 1998)

7. Reflective discussions for classrooms are more effective than guided discussions for classroom instruction (Walker 1997)

8. Students benefit socially and academically from working together (Augustine,Gruber,Hanson 1990)

        It is important for each teacher to have a list of philosophies to guide their classroom instruction. It is the beliefs and ideas of the teacher that can be seen in every lesson plan designed by that teacher for the individualized needs of the students. My teaching philosophies are what I use to mold my teaching instruction and strategies into the classroom. My philosophies reflect what I think is necessary for me to do as a teacher to successfully meet all student’s social and educational needs.

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