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Brooke Keele

LBS 400

Tuesday 1pm

Philosophy of Education

As an educator, I want to help inspire children to recognize their

potential and accomplish their life goals. Education is the foundation that

children need to be successful in the real world. Students should have a

welcoming environment where they feel comfortable to ask questions and

know that it is ok to be right or wrong. Students should be allowed to try

different approaches to learning so that they can better remember the

information being taught to them. Social justice in education has teachers

and students think beyond the norm. It is common for students to get lost in

the idea that all students are alike. Social justice is about thinking critically

and looking beyond what is readily in front of them. It involves looking at

both sides of a story and figuring out a solution or a way for one individual to

make a difference (Hackman, 2005).

After observing elementary grade level classrooms, students learned

better when grouped in small groups of about five students that had a range

of learning abilities. Students were able to listen and participate in lessons as

well as participate in group work while seated in these small groups.

Teachers who used the entire room space had a nicer flow to their

classrooms. It allowed students to keep active and stay focused while

connecting experiences. As Stripling (2008) stated, learners draw meaning

by connecting one experience to another and to the future and by reflecting

on and organizing the ideas that emerge from the experiences. I believe

that hands on activities are the best way to learn a subject. Something as

simple as counting blocks for math can give a student that physical

connection to help trigger the learning in their brain. Students can also

experience hands on during English Language by discussing in their groups

the different answers they have for the questions being asked.

As the teacher, I will administer tests to measure each students

abilities in each subject. By doing so, I will be able to help guide struggling

students to reach grade level standards as well as challenge those students

who are above grade level. I can also use these test scores to place students

in groups that are at different learning levels. By doing this, the higher-level

students are challenged by teaching the lower level students at the same

time as the lower level students are getting challenged and taught the

information they may not understand. Students learn from teaching each

other and may teach something in a completely different way than the

teacher. Students should feel comfortable in the classroom with the teacher

as well as each student. Each week, I plan to conduct team building activities

that will help bring the students closer as friends. These team building

activities can be done during recess, on rainy days, or incorporated during

our physical education segment. I would also like to form a buddy system

with another class where students can pair up with a student with a learning
disability. Once or twice a week, these buddies will eat lunch together and

form relationships out on the playground. Hackman (2005) stated that

commitment to self-reflection and personal interrogation gives educators

and students alike a place to enact social change and growth. Teachers and

students will constantly have to adapt to each other and their personal form

of teaching or learning to have an effective and positive learning


It is my strong understanding and belief that learning is best done

through doing. By that, I mean that if a student is verbally told something, it

may or may not remain with them. But if an activity is done where the

student has to physically do something, they have a better chance of

remembering what is being taught. Keeping this in mind, teaching an inquiry-

based environment will be the most beneficial for the students in my

classroom. According to Stripling (2008), they may ask new questions

challenge the inconsistencies they discover seek new perspectives, and fill

gaps in their information. Students who can actively question all the steps

in their learning process learn more skills that help them construct those

building blocks that are important to their education.

As a future educator, I plan to be open and understanding as well as

continuing to educate myself to always be the best version of myself that I

can be. I will show compassion, understanding, patience, be organized,

approachable, and strict. I will constantly learn to strengthen my knowledge

for the students who have the opportunity to be in my classroom. As Wilson

and Peterson (2006) stated, teaching is intellectual work; that teachers

have a range of roles, including information deliverer and team coach; that

effective teachers strategically distribute work with students and that

teachers focus on challenging content. Being an effective teacher is more

than being excellent at what you do, it is about becoming a team with your

students so that we can focus on learning together.

Works Cited

Bransford, J., Darling-Hammond, L., and LePage, P (2005). Introducation. In

Darling-Hammond, L., & Brasford, J. (Eds.). Preparing teachers for a

changing world: What teachers should learn and be able to do (p. 1-

39). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Stripling, B. (2008). Inquiry: Inquiring Minds Want to Know. School Library

Media Activities Monthly, 25 (1), 50-53.