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Personal Philosophy of Education

        Education is received through many different channels of life. The most common form of education that people think of takes place in a traditional school setting. Formal education should provide a student with many lessons that will be needed later in his life. It should focus on social, academic, and vocational traditions. After being educated in school, the student should feel prepared to face life with his knowledge. The student should be able to think through and answer abstract questions, not just questions such as, “When did Columbus discover America?” Experiences in the classroom should blend together required academic lessons with real life examples and scenarios.

        Many different aspects need to be taken into account when looking for a job placement. One of the biggest factors is location. Location includes both the state, district, and if the school is set in a rural or urban area. Location affects the students’ values, and also the expectations of the education system. Another factor in choosing a school is what the principal’s role in the school is. It will be very difficult to teach under the eye of a very controlling principal. Classrooms should be flexible and allow the teacher to express some creativity while meeting all of the curricular requirements. If too many stipulations are placed on how a class needs to be taught, the students and teachers will not be receiving the most enriching experience. An educator also needs to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of teaching at a public or private school. These two types of schools vary, and the educator’s experience will differ greatly depending on which type of school is chosen. Although many schools pay about the same salary, money can also be a valid factor in choosing a school to work at. Health insurance policies are a necessity in today’s society; different schools will offer different plans to their employees. Choosing the right fit may initially be the most difficult decision and will likely affect the rest of the year and career.

        An outstanding educator is someone who establishes his classroom instruction on what will be beneficial to every student. The educator does not discriminate and is very conscientious of problems that students may be facing. He also tries to implement teaching practices in his classroom that will help every child learn. An outstanding educator takes time to create a relationship with each of his students. He also gives special attention to every student, no matter if they have disabilities, are gifted, or are “normal” learners. An outstanding educator is also somebody who grabs the attention of the students, and holds it until the next topic. Accomplishing all of these tasks seems to be very unlikely, but even if a teacher demonstrates at least two traits, he should be considered outstanding. However, setting such high goals can have both positive and negative effects on the educator.

        Educators are constantly facing a new slew of problems and obstacles each school year. The government and school districts are becoming stricter with curriculum and what students are expected to know. Because the expectations for educators are set so high, many of them have problems meeting the expectations, and their self esteem lowers. Some educators find that after the first few years of teaching, they are becoming burned out from teaching the same material in the same ways every year. Programs that target burnout are being established to help educators. Some educators also face economic setbacks. Education does not provide people with high paying jobs, and this can take a toll on some educators. They feel that they are doing too much and not receiving enough economic rewards. The students themselves also create many problems in the life of an educator. It can prove to be very difficult to meet the needs of every child in the class because they all have different backgrounds and experiences. Disruptive children can also make a school day seem endless and teaching almost impossible.

        Aside from the difficulties that teachers may experience, many positive rewards exist for educators. Educators ultimately have the job of shaping children into what type of citizen they will be. Every year an educator receives a new classroom full of students that he can change. Almost a quarter of each day is spent inside of the classroom with the teacher guiding the student’s learning. When people look back on their lives and reflect upon who had the greatest impact on them, many say that it was their educators. Teaching is a job that is held with high esteem; it takes the right type of person to be a teacher.

        It is an amazing thought that someday students will recognize my hard work in shaping their lives and educating them as one of their most influential experiences. I really do not know what could be more rewarding. Another draw of education is the enthusiasm of the children. Children are full of curiosity and are learning because they want to, not because they are forced to. I also want to take the place of a positive role model in the lives of children who come from broken homes and neighborhoods. I want my classroom to be like a sanctuary that the students can come to as an escape their reality for a short while.

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