and possible some websites that can help me with this... thank you
I can't very well post some websites because I don't know which educational philosophies you've studied. Check your text materials. If you post them here, along with a brief description of each, we'll be happy to help you answer your questions.
do you think you can help me understand my assignment better now? if now what other info. do you need?
Please post a brief description of each philosophy. I want to see what you understand about each of them.
Knowledge is enduring, seeks everlasting truths, views principles of existence as constant or unchanging, values the ability to reason, associated with idealism
is an educational theory that emphasizes
that ideas should be tested by experimentation and that learning is rooted in questions developed by learners
This theory calls on schools to teach one to control institutions and be organized according to basic democratic ideals.
Limits truth and theory to what is observable and measurable
emphasizes hands-on, activity based teaching and learning.
Psychological theory states that all behavior represents the essence of a person and that all behavior can be explained as responses to stimuli.
people are born good and free but become enslaved by institutions
Holds that there is a common core of information and skills that an educated person in a given culture must have. and schools should be organized to transmit that core of materials
Scooby, which of these environments do you learn best in? In what kind of atmosphere do you most enjoy learning? In what kind of atmosphere have you found teachers who are most successful in helping YOU learn? This is where I would start forming a philosophy.
I discovered that I had the most success as a teacher using a philosophy that teachers who interested and challenged me used... adapted to my style.
What instructional philosophies will you incorporate into your classroom environment? Will you have a behaviorist approach to instruction or a constructivist one?
I would have behaviorist approach and constructivist. Behaviorist explains that all behavior can be explained. Constructivist explains that it is activities that are hands on in teaching and learning. I learn better in constructivist just because it is hands on activities. For example of you are trying to put a model airplane together. I would learn better by doing it hands on than I would do it someone was lecturing about it or if I was reading about it. When you read or lecture you usually forget what was told to you. If someone lectures you it may get boring and you might end up sleeping or even talking to a classmate while they are lecturing you. When doing things hands on it gives you a better understanding of what you are doing by using your two eyes. I also remember things better when you are doing hands on activities. Constructivist also constructs knowledge. You also may remember on how to do it next time since you did it hands on the first time. Or when someone else is putting that model airplane together you can jump in and help with hands on. A hand on learning also enhances the child's ability to think critically.
How will these views relate to your instructional and classroom management style? What I can do is the following:
Instead of requiring the student to write answers to questions in workbooks or texts, for example, let him tell you the answers. Discuss anything he gets wrong.
Read aloud or use books on tape and videos to broaden his base of literature.
Use audio tapes that set facts to music for any areas in which rote memorization has been difficult.
Explain steps clearly when teaching a task that requires organization.
Provide a quiet place to work when he must concentrate on an assignment, since sound attracts his attention.
You have some excellent ideas here, Scooby. Your educational philosophy would help the students who have difficulty learning in a more traditional classroom.
Many students, however, hate to be read to after they've learned to read well. Believe it or not, some students learn better by reading to themselves and answering questions in writing.
Ideally, we'd use every method available to reach all kids. But often that is not practical in classrooms with 25 or 30 students.
When I was teaching middle school social studies, I taught pretty traditionally with lots of visuals to reinforce what we read and discussed. We also did several visual projects throughout the year. Your philosophy reminds me of one student I had who failed tests and only passed the class because she tried and did well on visual projects. I'll never forget the time I sat down with her and showed her how to make some rather complex (for me) designs (flowers?) by folding and cutting tissue paper. As I read the instructions to myself, I demonstrated and she made one along with me. After she'd made one, she then turned to a couple of her friends and showed them how to make it. :-)