Developing my Teaching Philosophy

Developing my Teaching Philosophy

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By Evangelidou Foteini, April 2014

During the first week of the course “Foundations of Teaching for Learning 2: Being a Teacher”, I got in contact with the concept  of “Philosophy of Education”. The Philosophy of Education is defined as a study of general and fundamental problems of education with some questions.

The Philosophy of Education was new information for me and it challenged me to develop my Philosophy of Teaching, by answering the following questions:

  • —  What do you believe are the purposes of Education?
  • —  Should everyone have access to education?
  • —  Should students or teachers direct learning?
  • —  What content/skills should be taught at school?
  • —  How should schools teach content and skills?
  • —  How should learning be measured?

I would like to answer these questions by giving simple statements, words, notes and not by creating an essay. Short answers would help me better to discover my thoughts and opinions about teaching and I could reflect on that in a certain and clear way. In other words, my answers are just words that came to my mind, when I read every question.

So, my personal answers to the previous questions are:

  • —  What do you believe are the purposes of Education?

New meaningful knowledge, solving everyday problems, emerging talents, learning how to act and behave in a democratic society.

  • —  Should everyone have access to education?

Education is an untouchable right for everyone.

  • —  Should students or teachers direct learning?

Students should be the main source of learning. Teachers should mentor students in a way to have the independent ability to promote learning.

  • —  What content/skills should be taught at school?

Theoretical knowledge, practical skills, social skills, values

  • —  How should schools teach content and skills?

Experiments, trial and error, utilizing the experience of students, innovative practices, thinking routines and reflection, collaboration, scaffolding

  • —  How should learning be measured?

Assessment for learning. It means that assessment should focus on deeper learning. Peer feedback, Formative assessment instead of  Summative assessment.

What is your Teaching Philosophy? Have you ever wondered?

 

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