According to an assessment I had taken,most of my interests lie in postmodernism. Still though, I have examplesof all four educational philosophies in my own philosophy. As a future teacher with some postmodernism ideas, I realize thateach child is a unique individual, capable of learning. All children learnand develop at different rates. To be an excellent teacher, I will takeinto consideration the individual learning styles of each student, andaccommodations of diverse learner needs as much as possible. It is withthis in mind that, as a teacher, I will incorporate within my curriculummany different learning styles.
Instruction in all areas, even in theresource/special education room, should be child-centered and involve handson, collaborative, exploratory, problem solving type situations thatchallenge children and enhance their development. I believe in discussion,role play, and some simulation in the classroom. The construction of aclassroom that is child-centered will allow me to become a companion inlearning with my students so that each day I may learn through watchingthem learn. They will also learn by me providing continuous feedback. Bydeveloping a learning environment that includes clear discipline, opencommunication, and a variety of teaching strategies, I hope to provide aquality education to all my future students. As a teacher with some perennialism ideals, which is a combination ofidealism and realism, I will acknowledge that I am not alone in theeducation process.
I will enlist the help of parents, colleagues,administration, and the community. For many, the only purpose of educationis to incorporate within children the knowledge of subject matter needed toconstruct a productive citizen. However, it is my hope to go farther andcollaborate with others in order to help my students establish their lifegoals and work with them to achieve the goals. I understand that some ofthe students’ goals may be just to be a productive citizen, and that isfine. The future of our world is dependent upon the children of today. Inthe society’s opinion, a child doesn’t become successful if they don’t goto college or have a high paying job.
As a future special educationteacher, I understand that this will not always be the case. I believethat the students, not society, should be the top priority of the teacherin order to create a successful learning climate. A child, with specialneeds or any other child is successful if they are working in a grocery, ora fast food restaurant, if that is what their goal is. They may besuccessful if they are working as a mechanic, or any other blue-collar job,for that matter.
I want my children to realize that they are not robots,and each of them has different skills, abilities and dreams. Every one ofthem can reach their dream no matter what it is. As a teacher, I will beresponsible for helping to shape their future or reach their dreams,whatever it may be. It may even be college, and if it’s not that is okaytoo. We all know we need people in the grocery stores, fast foodrestaurants, mechanics, and people in other blue-collar jobs.
Withoutthese jobs, we couldn’t go on. Of course, it would also be wonderful ifall my students went to college, or had a high paying job, which I knowthat some will be able to do. However, going to college and having a highpaying job, will not make them any better than the other students. The greatest sight imaginable is the shining eyes and open mind of achild ready to learn. It is this sight that I hope to experience each day,and when any child under my care is successful or improves, I will get tosee those shining eyes and .