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Philosophy correct me if I made a mistake.

Philosophy
of Education

“The philosophy of education is a set of
beliefs about how children develop and learn and what and how they should be
taught” (Morrison, 2008 (p. 30)). I want to challenge each and every one of my
students and watch them reach their full potential. I want to teach instruction
that allows students to feel like they are involved in the curriculum and
classroom. I do not want them to sit back and listen to me teach, I want them
to ask questions if they need too, or even correct me if I made a mistake.  I want every student to feel included, no
matter the culture, disability, or financial status. I feel like this creates a
healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging environment for the students
which is under Standard 1: Promoting
Child Development and Learning (Morrison, 2008 (p. 9-11)). This also creates an inclusive classroom, which Morrison
defined as a regular classroom in which children with disabilities are included
(Morrison, 2008 (p. 7)).

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A theorist that
stuck out to me was Maria Montessori.
Maria Montessori created the Children’s
House which was the first school designed to specifically implement her
ideas (Morrison, 2008 (p. 113)). “Montessori
is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on
learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make
creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer
age-appropriate activities to guide the process.” (“What is Montessori
Education?”, 2017) Through this method, we see that Standard 2: Building Family and Community
Relationships is shown. Maria Montessori shows, through her ideas, how you
respect the child through your practices. Maria Montessori believed that
respect for children is the foundation of teaching. She liked to let children
have creative freedom in their learning and that is something I want to
implement in my classroom. Another theorist that believed in building family relationships
was Johann Pestalozzi. Pestalozzi
had the belief the person that could best teach a child, was the child’s
mother. It is 2017, so some households may not have a mother. His idea as morphed
into family-centered approaches to early childhood education. I firmly believe
the student’s family should have an active role in his or her learning, and I
will do my best to make sure each family will have a role in my future student’s
learning.

Lev
Vygotsky’s most important concept is the zone of proximal development. “The zone of proximal development is
the range of tasks that are too difficult to master alone but that can be
learned with guidance and assistance” (Morrison, 2008 (p. 137)). Standard 3: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing
to Support Children and Families can be seen through the zone of proximal development.
By making observations and assessing students, you can see whether a certain
task is beyond the zone of proximal development or if the student can complete
the task independently. If the student is beyond the zone of proximal
development, you can provide support until the student can learn independently.
Making assessments is the most important responsibilities you have as an early
childhood professional. “Assessment
is the process of collecting information about children’s development, learning,
behavior, academic progress, need for special services, and achievement in
order to make decisions” (Morrison, 2008 p. 12)). “Assistance in the zone of
proximal development is called scaffolding,
which is, the process of providing various types of support, guidance, or
direction during the course of an activity” (Morrison, 2008 (p. 138)) By
providing various types of support, you are finding the most effective approach
that will best suit the students level of learning. Providing the most
developmentally appropriate content for all students is seen in Standard 4: Using Developmentally Effective
Approaches to Connect with Children and Families.  

“Being a professional means that you
(1) know about and engage in ethical practice; (2) engage in continuous
lifelong learning and professional development; (3) collaborate with colleagues,
parents, families, and community partners; (4) engage in reflective practice;
and (5) advocate on behalf of children, families, and the profession” (Morrison,
2008 (p. 17)). By engaging in professional
development which is defined by Morrison as a process of studying,
learning, changing, and becoming more professional, I will be able to meet Standard 6: Becoming a Professional (Morrison,
2008 (p. 17)). I will make it my goal to do my best to meet the needs of my
future students, to make the classroom feel like a community, and to involve
families in the student’s learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference

Morrison, G. S. (2008). Early childhood
education today. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

What is Montessori Education? (2017). Retrieved
December 13, 2017, from https://montessori-nw.org/what-is-montessori-education/

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