My Education Philosophy
I wrote this for my student teaching professional portfolio. I am currently working on updating and expanding my philosophy.
Updated Spring 2014
Learning should be student-centered and promote a landscape of democracy and equity. The role of an educator should facilitate learning and bring new information to the students. Minority student should be empowered while the majority of students should be involved in civic activism while respecting and exploring multiple perspectives on multiple levels (global, regional and local).
This can be done in a social studies classroom. To maintain a student and community-centered classroom, the students should be engaged in service learning projects and projects such as Doc your Block. In addition to projects such as this, the teacher should take advantage of community members. Those who are willing to volunteer to speak and interact with the students should be encouraged to do so within boundaries and as long as their speech aligns with the class unit.
Democracy can be encouraged through classroom structure. Although there are certain rules that should be observed in every classroom, the instructor can allow the students to write a rule proposal and then vote upon the rule proposals. This act in itself can be turned into a lesson about American government and how a bill is made into law (or in this case, a rule). Students can advocate for rule revision or debate the necessity of the rule. Each rule should respect every student in the class and not single out specific minorities or grant unfair advantages to the majority.