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My Philosophy of Education

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Steve M., MEd

Steve M., MEd

When hiring for a teaching position, school administrators face a difficult choice. They must sift through countless résumés, conduct interviews, and finally extend an offer to someone they believe matches their institutional needs. During this process, it’s common for the candidates to be asked, “What is your educational philosophy?” My answer begins before I even contemplate stepping into the classroom.

I believe there are two categories of teachers: Instructors and Educators. How one develops curriculum, passes on knowledge, and interacts with students, parents, and fellow staff members is dependant on this classification. While Instructors and Educators have many similar traits, there is fundamental difference between the two.

Instructors can be great teachers. They are masters at collecting information and packaging it. Instructors, however, are usually not remembered, for they bear little passion. They merely stand before a class and relay the lesson and conduct tests. They typically see themselves as a transmitter of information and do what is necessary to cover the learning objectives, but do not care if their students learn.

Educators are great teachers. They embody all the above characteristics of an Instructor, but channel their focus in a different direction. Educators care about the learning process. Everything they do is designed to help students not only learn the material, but master it. They care how the information is presented and will adapt their teaching style to what ever the situation calls for to ensure the learning objectives are met and mastered by the class. This is the difference.

I am an Educator. I love the learning process and work to inspire and bring out the best in my students. I monitor the classroom dynamics and exhibited learning styles to adjust my teaching style to one that enables me to impart the material in such a way my students absorb, retain, and master it. My goal isn’t to present the information so they can perform well on a test, but rather have that knowledge become rooted in their core and have it for the rest of their lives.

I teach because I love to educate.


Written by Steve Miller

April 27, 2009 at 8:34 am

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