My Educational Philosophy
Personal Beliefs: I believe that all people receive some form of an education over the course of their lives, and the form in which a person receives that education is specific to the individual and that these differences are necessary for individuals to function in society as well as for society to function as a whole. I believe that this education is not solely developed in the classroom. I believe that the majority of this education for most people will be developed outside of the classroom. I believe that this can be illustrated by the idea that a micro biologist will likely know little of coffee and a barista will likely know little of cell structure but each knows well his or her own trade. The micro biologist received his/her education in the classroom while the barista received his/her education in the market place. Each is likely to have attended a school and each is likely to have spent time in the general labor force, however they have chosen entirely different career paths and knowledge bases. What is important is that each is a well educated and knowledgeable master of his or her trade and has become such through his/her own education.
I believe that educators should always present new opportunities for their students. I believe that the outcome of any given opportunity is based on the will and ability of the student combined with the will and ability of anyone involved in that specific opportunity. I believe that it is the job of the educator to offer students advice in the choices they will make about the opportunities that they seek out or that are presented to them. I believe that an educator’s responsibility to the student is to advise the student to make good decisions while remaining supportive of the student when he or she makes bad decisions. Success and failure are facts in life and for students to be successful in life they must be aware of the possibility of failure. All students should be given the opportunity to succeed or fail and despite the outcome the student should always be given the opportunity to succeed or fail again. A real education is the continually expanding and changing collection of knowledge that an individual acquires and develops through his or her own success and failures through which the individual is guided by his or her elders; advisors, peers, and or self.
Code of Ethics
Commitment to …
1. An educator must always remain supportive of the student even if not of the student’s decision(s).
2. An educator should be available to all students 24/7 with the understanding that students are individuals and that their individual needs will vary greatly form one student to the next as well as from one day to the next.
3. It is the responsibility of the educator to refrain from allowing any personal prejudices from interfering with his/her interactions with students inside or outside of the classroom. An educator must approach his/her job in an empirical manner each day. Present only facts, your opinions are only relevant if and when requested.
4. An educator must never display favoritism among students. Each student is unique and has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. It is the responsibility of the educator to help each student realize and improve upon his/her own strengths and weaknesses by making regular use of them in a productive way.
5. An educator plays a major role in the transfer of a society’s culture(s), values, and norms from one generation to the next. The educator must not only recognize this as fact but must also strive to act accordingly in a responsible fashion at all times and especially when interacting with students.
6. An educator plays a major role in preparing students (both youth and adult) for the work force. Not only must an educator accept this as fact, but an educator must act accordingly at all times. An educator must stay current with the demands of many different job markets and design lesson plans to teach students skill sets that will be useful for them as-well as for their future employers.
7. An educator must understand that it is necessary for students to stay current with the world in which they live. An educator is responsible for requiring students to objectively and empirically examine events taking place in both the local and global community. This understanding will benefit the student and the society in the present as well as in the future.
8. An educator must make the betterment of the community his or her own personal mission. Each interaction with each student should be assessed, both during the interaction and after it has taken place, by the educator through the consideration of each of the many different potential futures it may create. This should be done with the intention of improving future interactions.
9. An educator must strive to produce successful and productive members of society. The educator must understand that the most important aspect of his or her job is to pass on to students the tools, knowledge, technology, and ideas which they will require to be successful as well as the ethics, values, self confidence, and decision making skills that they will require to be productive.
10. It is an educator’s responsibility to know when it is just and necessary to bend the rules in order to accommodate a student’s extenuating circumstances in an effort to refrain from punishing the student for circumstances that are outside of his or her control.
Commitment to the Profession
1. I will continue my multidisciplinary education in an effort to better understand the world around me and in doing so I will gain new knowledge, skills, and contacts which I can use to provide a better education for my students.
2. I will do everything within my power and ability to provide the highest
quality of education to each and every one of my students.
3. I will do everything within my power to provide well educated and knowledgeable students for my community and my society as a whole. This is to say that I will require that students demonstrate a clear understanding of, and ability to use, the material required for a passing grade in whatever course I may be teaching. Students who cannot meet those requirements will be required to re-take the course if they wish to receive credit for it. This is also to say that I will take a students demonstrated potential for success into careful consideration before ever considering the possibility of removing a student from a course based on behavior, attendance, or any other variable concerning their ability to continue to attend, and successfully expand their knowledge through taking, the course. In short, it is better for a student to complete a course with a failing grade but to have learned a valuable lesson or skill that for a student to drop or be removed from a course which results in a situation where the student has failed to complete the course, failed to earn a satisfactory grade in the course and failed to learn a valuable lesson or skill from the course.
Commitment to Teaching
1. I will make myself available to my students at all times. If I do not have time to see a student than I will make time, if I am in a meeting than the meeting can wait, there is always ample time for an educator to assist a student.
2. I will provide my students with the most current and accurate information that is available to me. Each day I will adapt my lesson plans to keep them current with what is happening in the world on that particular day.
3. I will maintain an active, interesting, and productive classroom setting at all times. My courses will be taught through lecture, open discussion, individually completed projects, group assignments, and class activities.
4. I will instill a love for learning, teaching, exploring, creating, and producing in every student who will afford me the opportunity to do so. I will do everything within my power to incorporate the creative ability and personal interests of each student into the assignments that I will give them so that they can see the subject matter as relevant to their interests and important in their lives.
5. I will provide each student with a fair and equal opportunity to successfully complete the goals that they have set for themselves. I will provide students with my advice concerning their personal and educational goals if they request it or if I feel that the administration of such advice is necessary in the given situation. If I do not believe that a student is capable of completing a goal which he or she has set than I will advise the student accordingly, after having done so I will gladly allow that student the opportunity to prove me wrong and will do everything in my power to help him/her do so successfully.
My Educational Philosophy is exemplified through designing lesson plans in a way that incorporates all of the different learning styles, conveys the required information for the course in a meaningful and relevant way, and offers students opportunities to develop skills that will help them to be productive members of society.
My students will be tested in a way which will require them to demonstrate a full working knowledge of the required information necessary for the completion of the course. The tests will all be mastery examinations in that the students may continue to be tested on the same material until they have mastered it. To fail a test does not have to result in a failing grade if the student can return later to demonstrate that he/she has mastered to material. The examinations will have many parts in order to test knowledge on many levels and offer each type of test taker a fair opportunity to pass.
Exams will consist of
1- True False questions to determine the student’s ability to separate fact from fiction.
2- Multiple Choice questions to determine that the student understands basic information such as names, dates, quotes, ideas, and situational relevance of data.
3- Fill in the blank questions to determine the student’s level of understanding of relevant vocabulary, major names, titles of major ideas, etc.
4- Short answer questions to determine that the student has the level of understanding necessary to connect major people, places, concepts, dates, terms, and ideas in a meaningful way.
5- Essay questions to determine that the student has an in depth understanding of the major course material and can describe it in some detail.
6- Oral questions will be offered in the event that a student does not perform well on any other section. The student will be asked a question or questions about the same data that was represented in the question or questions that the student answered in a less than satisfactory manner on the section in question. This takes into account that not all students write or test well and allows them to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject matter orally as opposed to in the written word. This also allows a buffer for students who do not test well in a specific style. For example a student, who scores 80% on sections 1,2,4, and 5 but scores 10% on section 3, has clearly demonstrated that he or she knows the material and will therefore be given the opportunity to answer questions orally on the same material from the failed section as an alternative method for me to assess that the student’s knowledge of the material and grade their exam in a fashion that accurately represents how knowledgeable the student is of the material in question.
A Sample Educational Philosophy in Practice
I view the learning environment as the place where a society has the opportunity to evaluate itself in an empirical way with progress at the forefront of the collective mind of its individual members. Knowledge is the foundation of all great societal change, and education is the foundation of all great knowledge.
Educational Philosophy Foundations
My Educational Philosophy is grounded in the study of history, society, and the individual. It is my strong belief that the individual has the capacity to use knowledge, collected by his/her ancestors, educators and peers, in a way which will serve to improve society for current and future generations. Educators are the individuals within a society who have achieved, through their knowledge as well as through their actions, a status which has been ascribed the power and authority which is necessary if the educator is to guide the individual (student) in his/her effort to understand the past in a way which will improve the present and future.
The Hallmarks of the
Educational Philosophy Foundation
My time spent as a student, tutor and educator has led me to this system of beliefs about how the educational system must view itself and operate in order for the greater society to function. This is also necessary for a society to grow and change in a beneficial way.