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Philosophy of Education

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Michaela Hatlee

on 9 December 2012

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Michaela Hatlee Progressivism Social Reconstructionism Essentialism My Personal Philosophy Schools contain a principal, vice principal, and a disciplinary figure to ensure organization and safety throughout the school.
Students will be divided into groups and assigned a guidance counselor in which they will meet with once every two weeks to discuss the student's progress and any other concerns.
The year will consist of two semesters, with five classes in each semester.
Classes will be 80 minutes long with 50 minutes devoted to teaching the material and the last 30 used to start homework and discuss any concerns with the teacher.
All classrooms will be equipped with the latest technology including smart boards, i pads, and any other gadgets that will engage the students in the material being taught.
An ample amount of clubs will be offered and student's will be strongly encouraged to participate in one that suits their interests.
Various sports will be played with practices taking place immediately after school.

George Counts sparked the idea in the 1930s
student centered philosophy
focuses on society and how students can impact it in a positive way
discovered by William Bagley in the 1930s
teacher-centered philosophy
focuses on teaching students the essentials with little regard to their interests
How Schools Should Be Run Philosophy of Education student centered philosophy
promotes real-world experiences instead of teaching solely from a text-book I have experienced Progressivism various times throughout my high-school career. My senior year I was involved in a program for aspiring teachers called New Visions Education. This class focused little on memorizing knowledge from a text-book. Instead this program provided us with real-life experiences. We were given the opportunity to spend two weeks at 4 different schools as assistant teachers in a classroom of our choice. These experiences and others we received from this program taught us more than a text-book ever could. I have experienced Social Reconstructionism during several of my internships. I have seen that many schools nowadays focus greatly on character building and development of morals. For example, I have observed multiple presentations and lessons on bullying and the affects it has on students. This is a prime example of Social Reconstructionism because through bullying education they are encouraging the students to refrain from the act of bullying, therefore attempting to better society as a whole. From what I have observed in my time in the classroom, many teachers try to shy away from using only Essentialism, because they they want to make it interesting for the students while teaching them what they need to know. However, with so much focus placed on standardized testing and teachers having to "teach to the test," certain aspects of Essentialism are being seen more and more often. For example, in my mentoring classroom they spend a majority of their time teaching the core subjects usually seen on the tests; math, science, history, and literature. Although, I do not believe that this is the best way to teach, I believe it is necessary in today's educational society. Personally, in my own classroom, I would teach using a combination of Progressivism and Essentialism. I believe that the ultimate goal of education is preparation of students for the real-world. In order for teachers to provide this preparation they need not only feed their students the essential knowledge, but also provide them with experiences that further their knowledge of the outside world, ultimately showing them what their life may be like after they complete school. A combination of both these philosophies in the classroom will ensure that students are fed the important knowledge needed to obtain a job, while also making school enjoyable and providing the students with hands on experiences. I believe that this type of teaching will create intelligent well-rounded students prepared for whatever comes their way. How Students Should
Be Taught Main Classes: English
History Additional Classes Art
Phys Ed

with other electives offered as well Students will be required to take a certain number of the main classes before graduation, however to prevent boredom students can mix the main classes with any of the electives offered. Students will be encouraged to take electives that correlate with their perspective career path. Curriculum English: literacy, public speaking, writing process, grammar Math: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus History: world and U.S. history leading up to present day Science: earth science, biology, chemistry Electives:
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