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  • 1. My Philosophy of education
    How to get started
  • 2. Take the tests and read
    Take the one I am offering in class –
    Take the one in the book
    Read up on the philosophies
    From your current book
    From other textbooks in education and/or philosophy
    From the MCC Online database of journals and articles
    Look up your philosophical tendency
    Look up the “experts” discussed in your book – pg 202
    You need your textbook and two other resources for your paper
  • 3. Reality
    Realize that regardless of your personal philosophy, if you work in a public school in this country you will not have the option of changing the curriculum significantly
    Language arts, science, math, and social studies are mandatory
    Humanities, health, physical education, and technology are expectations
    Some schools are designed to be more teacher-centered, some schools are designed to be more student-centered
    Neither is right, neither is wrong
    You will have professors, colleagues, and bosses whose philosophy you will disagree with – deal with it
    Make sure you know which camp you belong in and how to recognize it in a school setting
  • 4. Teacher-Centered
    The teacher is employed as a subject area expert who can disseminate knowledge to the next generation
    Subjects are set, students must master them
    Behavior management is designed to teach respect and establish order in classroom and life
    Essentialism and Perennialism
    You cannot update these philosophies – they are what they are
    They promote a set of subjects and/or materials that teach “what everyone needs to know”
    Academics are the concern of the school – real life education is to be gained elsewhere once the student has been schooled in how to learn
  • 5. Student-Centered
    The teacher is employed as a knowledgeable guide who will design an environment that allows students to realize their potential
    Subjects are set, students explore them
    Behavior management is designed to teach personal responsibility and problem solving
    Progressivism and Social Reconstructionism
    These philosophies are fluid – new practices can be tried (if it works, use it; if it doesn’t, look for something that will – Pragmatic)
    They promote a style that is designed to pique student interests and create a desire to learn a variety of topics
    Real life education is the concern of the school whether it be to prepare for one’s own work or to change society
  • 6. Existentialism
    Listed by book as student-centered, and it is
    “type of education which bases learning on the needs, interests and goals of the student. Unschoolers also refer to unschooling as child-led learning, natural learning, discovery learning, child-directed learning, or autodidactic learning”
    Not a practical philosophy for any public school educator
    You can choose this philosophy but you’ll have to fully explain where and how you will implement it
    You could incorporate parts of it into your own philosophy – again, fully explain
  • 7. Being ecclectic
    Can you combine two or more philosophies?
    Yes and No
    Perennialism could never be combined with Existentialism – one says the only studies that are valid are those of the Great Books – the other says the child must determine what is valid to study
    Most of the time students want to teach the basics through progressivism and believe that to be a combination – it is not, it is progressivism
    You can be culturally appropriate with an essentialist approach – Other People’s Children by Delpit
    Some students think the professor wants them to be progressivist, even if they are not - we don’t want that – BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
    If you combine philosophies fully explain how and why you believe you can do, or should do, so
  • 8. Design a lesson
    Not a lesson plan, but a thought pattern about a topic you expect to teach
    How did you determine the topic needed to be studied?
    What practices will you use to get the information across to your class?
    What activities will you have the class engage in?
    How will you assess the students’ learning?
    How will you extend the students’ learning?
  • 9. Design a management system
    They are not going to love you enough to not be children or adolescents!
    Even if you don’t want to “control” them, you have to control the room, provide safety, and accomplish your job
    What is your plan for managing behavior?
    Will you have rules? Which ones? Who decides on them?
    Will you have consequences? Which ones? Who decides on them and how and when they are delivered?
    Sending a misbehaving child to the principal is NOT a management plan that will allow you to remain employed
  • 10. Finding the job
    In today’s situation you will probably take any teaching position offered – don’t write your paper with that mindset
    Consider what a school that truly promotes a philosophy similar to the one you are most comfortable would look like
    What doe the buildings and hallways look like?
    What do the classrooms look like without children present? With children present?
    What would you hear as you walk down the hall on a school day?
    What would the papers and realtors say about the school?
    What would the teachers and parents say about the school?
    What kind of questions would you expect from the administrator during your interview?
    What questions would you have for the administrator, and what would you want to hear in the answers?
  • 11. The Paper
    Rough Draft is basically your finished paper
    Cover Page – APA
    Reference Page – APA
    3 academic references – if it is in your paper it needs to be listed here, if it is listed here it needs to be in your paper (in text citations)
    5-6 pages of text
    1 inch margins all around
    12 point font – serif preferred
    Running head and page number
  • 12. APA Style
    Purdue Owl
    Direct quotes need “ “ and citation with page number
    Avoid long quotes and quote after quote – learn to explain, summarize or at least paraphrase
    If a quote is long, indent on left and right
    If the thought isn’t yours alone, it needs a citation
    Use the writing lab
    Edit one another’s papers
  • 13. Writing Tips
    Use spell check and grammar check, but don’t rely on them
    Check for homonyms
    Check for misspellings that are actual words:
    Principle is not your future boss
    You don’t develop your thoughts form reading
    You won’t defiantly speak to the school bored if you value your employment
    Are philosophy doesn’t depend on weatherare students like it or not
    If you always liked going too school since you were in grade to, than you probably ought two consider those who don’t like it when writing
    If I open a .doc or a .docx and see the colored squiggles all over the page – I won’t grade it at all
  • 14. Writing Tips
    Take slang out of your papers –
    Unless you are planning to be a goat herder you won’t be working with “kids”
    Info is not a complete word for formal papers, neither is til nor till – there are other word like that too
    Acronyms need introductions – Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is how it is written the first time it appears, after that you can use IEP only
    The word “thing” refers to an actual item or action – use the actual word
  • 15. Writing Tips
    Strengthen your writing in little ways:
    Avoid starting sentences with It – Never start a paragraph with It
    It's a bad habit to start sentences with it. It causes your readers to pause
    momentarily while they figure out what it is. It makes your sentences
    clumsy. It is true that doing so is an easy way to write a sentence, but
    usually it is not good writing. It even becomes a bit annoying when you do
    it too often. It is bad to annoy your reader.
    Starting sentences with it is a bad habit. Your readers will need to pause
    momentarily while they figure out what it is, and your sentences will be
    clumsy. Writing this way may be easy, but starting sentences with it is
    usually not a good idea. If you do this too often, you may annoy your readers,
    which is never a good idea.
  • 16. Writing Tips
    Avoid contractions, APA doesn’t like them
    Conjunctions are designed to hook up phrases or sentences – they really should not start a sentence. And, so many people do that. Avoid it in your formal papers
    Go on a which hunt through your paper – if you find places which that are full of them – change the wording
    Read your paper backward – you’ll catch errors you didn’t know were there even after editing